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The Hedgehog -- A look at the curious relationship between 11-year old Paloma, her building's janitor, and an elegant new tenant.

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Director:
Writers:
Mona Achache (screenplay)
Muriel Barbery (novel)
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Release Date:
3 July 2009 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Let Life In.
Plot:
Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
9 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A fine blend of gravity and lightness See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Josiane Balasko ... Renée Michel

Garance Le Guillermic ... Paloma Josse

Togo Igawa ... Kakuro Ozu

Anne Brochet ... Solange Josse
Ariane Ascaride ... Manuela Lopez
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Paul Josse
Sarah Lepicard ... Colombe Josse (as Sarah Le Picard)
Jean-Luc Porraz ... Jean-Pierre, le clochard
Mona Heftre ... Madame Meurisse
Gisèle Casadesus ... Madame de Broglie
Samuel Achache ... Tibère
Valérie Karsenti ... La mère de Tibère
Stéphan Wojtowicz ... Le père de Tibère
Isabelle Sobelmann ... Anna Arthens
Chantal Banlier ... Maria Malavoin
Jeanne Candel ... La coiffeuse
Miyako Ribola ... Yoko
Nao Inazawa ... Cuisinier Japonais
Jérémie ... Leon
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Directed by
Mona Achache 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mona Achache  screenplay
Muriel Barbery  novel "L'élégance du hérisson"

Produced by
Mark Lombardo .... producer
Anne-Dominique Toussaint .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gabriel Yared 
 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
 
Film Editing by
Julia Gregory 
 
Casting by
Michael Laguens 
 
Art Direction by
Patrick Schmitt 
 
Set Decoration by
Thierry Rouxel 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Bouchard 
 
Makeup Department
Cédric Chami .... hair designer
Elisa Costa .... makeup artist
Didier Lavergne .... makeup designer
Julio Parodi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Matthieu Bled .... post-production manager
Gaël Deledicq .... unit production manager
Léa Mecattaf .... assistant unit manager
Pascal Ralite .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrice Camoin .... first assistant director
Julie Duhayot .... second assistant director
Florent Sauze .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Lionel Callari .... property master
Pascal Leguellec .... assistant art director
Thomas Morange .... painter
 
Sound Department
Boris Chapelle .... foley editor
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound recordist
Guillaume Leriche .... adr & foley engineer
Edouard Morin .... sound editor
Arnaud Rolland .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Malica Benjemia .... visual effects producer
Kevin Berger .... visual effects supervisor
Berengere Dominguez .... visual effects coordinator
Mathilde Germi .... digital compositor
Christian Guillon .... visual effects producer
Audrey Kleinclaus .... visual effects producer: L'EST
Benjamin Lenfant .... digital artist
Jérôme Martinez .... modeling lighting artist
Bruno Sommier .... visual effects supervisor
Vincent Venchiarutti .... lead digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anne Angèle Bertoli .... third assistant camera
Anne Angèle Bertoli .... video assistant
Eric Blanckaert .... first assistant camera
Thomas Brémond .... photographer
Maéva Drecq .... second assistant camera
Valentin Monge .... steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Amélie Covillard .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurence Esnault .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Ornella Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Géraldine Rétif .... assistant editor
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
Helena Thuillier .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jean-Pierre Arquie .... music supervisor
Peter Cobbin .... score engineer
Peter Cobbin .... score mixer
Lewis Jones .... pro tools recordist
Lewis Morison .... musician
Lewis Morison .... synthesizer programmer
Marie Sabbah .... music supervisor
Kirsty Whalley .... synthesizer programmer
 
Other crew
Noemie Commissaire .... assistant unit manager
Rachel Corlet-Soulier .... script supervisor
Laure Darie .... production secretary
Gail de Courcy-Ireland .... dialogue preparation
Asako Furukata .... dialogue coach for Togo Igawa
Florence Gatineau-Saillant .... location scouting
Sylvie Lalanne .... production accountant
Pierre Tafani .... location manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le hérisson" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
France:100 min
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Trivia:
The names of Paloma and her sister Colombe, both mean 'Dove' or 'Pigeon' in Spanish and French respectively.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Munekata Sisters (1950)See more »

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53 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
A fine blend of gravity and lightness, 28 July 2009
Author: guy-bellinger (guy.bellinger@wanadoo.fr) from Montigny-lès-Metz, France

Three characters and no story. And yet, the film leaves a deep mark on the viewer. No car chases, no explosions, no convoluted plot twists. And yet it is captivating. Simply because the characters of "Le hérisson" are interesting and full of humanity and seeing them connect with each other is an experience rich enough to spare a strong plot.

The three characters concerned by "Le hérisson" are very different from each other ( Renée Michel is an unattractive slovenly cantankerous fifty-four-year-old caretaker; Paloma Josse is an extremely gifted but suicidal eleven-year-old little girl and Kakuro Ozu is a distinguished seventy-year- old Japanese widower). But they have two points in common: they live in the same residential house and, mostly, the three of them are eccentric. Not outlandish or extravagant, simply not like everybody else. Renée, although she tries to fit in with the image of the traditional caretaker (middle-aged, unsexy and grumpy), has a secret (that I won't reveal here, sorry) and is a much better person than what she looks like; Paloma is a very intelligent little girl, advanced for her age, who sees the world with more acuteness than most adults, which leads her to want to take her own life. As for Mr. Ozu, the mere fact that he is Japanese makes him conspicuous by definition. And what is wonderful is that when these three "outcasts" get into contact they start doing good to each other, and to the viewer as well.

This is young director Mona Achache's first feature film and it is amazing how well-crafted it is (smooth editing, fine cinematography, excellent art work). And above all it does justice to the novel adapted (Muriel Barbery's best-selling 'L'élégance du hérisson') by capturing the special blend of gravity and lightness that makes it so distinctive. Mona Achache also had the genius (I really do not think the word too strong) to find the three ideal actors for the leading roles. Josiane Balasko is perfect as Renée, ugly outside but beautiful inside. Togo Igawa is a dream Mr. Ozu; he is Japanese to the core, genuinely has class and really exudes sympathy. As for the little girl, wow! Garance Le Guillermic IS a discovery! I had seen her once without noticing her particularly (as one of the kids in 'Je déteste les enfants des autres') but, here, she is downright outstanding. It must not have been easy for her to play a child too mature, too intelligent, too critical for her age, hiding her insecurities behind her aggressiveness but the young actress lives up to the ordeal. This trio had to be perfect. If a single one of these three actors had been unconvincing, the film would have failed mercilessly.

Fortunately, it does not. 27-year-old Mona Achache works wonders in every department.. Her film is at the same time deep, moving and fun to watch. Don't miss it!

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