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Le hérisson (2009)

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Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents ... See full summary »

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Renée Michel
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Paloma Josse
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Kakuro Ozu
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Solange Josse
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Manuela Lopez
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Paul Josse
Sarah Le Picard ...
Colombe Josse
Jean-Luc Porraz ...
Jean-Pierre, le clochard
Mona Heftre ...
Madame Meurisse
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Madame de Broglie
Samuel Achache ...
Tibère
Valérie Karsenti ...
La mère de Tibère
Stéphan Wojtowicz ...
Le père de Tibère
Isabelle Sobelmann ...
Anna Arthens
Jeanne Candel ...
La coiffeuse
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Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents her life and immediate circle, drawing trenchant and often hilarious observations on the world around her. But as her appointment with death approaches, Paloma finally meets some kindred spirits in her building's grumpy concierge and an enigmatic, elegant neighbor, both of whom inspire Paloma to question her rather pessimistic outlook on life. Written by Dubai International Film Festival

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Let Life In.

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3 July 2009 (France)  »

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El erizo  »

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Togo Igawa (Kakuro Ozu) learned his French lines in the movie phonetically. He does not speak French in real life. See more »

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Paloma Josse: Planning to die doesn't mean I let myself go like a rotten vegetable. What matters isn't the fact of dying or when you die. It's what you're doing at that precise moment.
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Features Munekata kyôdai (1950) See more »

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Requiem en Ré mineur: Confutatis maledictis
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (as Orchestre Philharmonique de Slovaquie) and the Slovak Philharmonic Chorus(as Choeur Philharmonique de Slovaquie), conducted by Zdnenek Kosler (as Zdeneck Kossler)
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slow start but gets poignant
1 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Paloma is an intelligent 11-year-old girl who secretly vows to kill herself in 165 days. She video-records all the time. Her mother is concerned. Her older sister is annoyed. She makes observations about living in a fishbowl. Her upper-class family lives in a well-appointed Parisian apartment building. She befriends the surly widower book-loving super Mrs. Michel. New resident Mr. Ozu takes an interest in the polite but reclusive Michel.

It's a slow start. Paloma's suicide pledge puts a damper on the comedy. Her friendship with Mrs. Michel grows to be something compelling. This is a poignant film as long as one stays with it through the slower moments.


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