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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:
'Happy families are all alike, but each unhappy family is unique.' 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

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 song that Yoko is singing is a well known Japanese children's song called 'Zo San' (the Elephant), the lyrics were written by the poet Michio Mado and the tune by Dan Ikuma, the lyrics go, 'Elephant elephant, why is your nose so long? Yes, my mother's nose is this long too. Elephant elephant, who do you like most of all? I guess I like my mother most of all.'See more »
Quotes:
Renée Michel:Happy families are all alike.
Kakuro Ozu:Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
[Quoting from Tolstoy's 'Anna Karenina']
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Movie Connections:
Features The Munekata Sisters (1950)See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
'Happy families are all alike, but each unhappy family is unique.', 23 August 2012
Author: gradyharp from United States

Something there is about little French films that is like discovering a free-floating water lily in a quiet stream: it approaches you, shares it lovely scent as it passed, and then continues on out of sight, leaving you warmly happy at the privilege of observing a gentle bit of nature if only for a moment. THE HEDGEHOG does just that. Mona Achache directs her screen play adapted from the novel "L'élégance du hérisson" by Muriel Barbery, casts an impeccable group of actors who bring to life this tale of how serendipitous nods of love can alter lives.

The title comes form the definition of a hedgehog as a prickly-on- the-outside, cuddly-on- the-inside critter that is often misjudged. And that definition applies to several characters in the story though it is most directly connected to bourgeoisie apartment house concierge Renee Michel (Josiane Balasko), a middle-aged and sour hermit who lives to mop the floor, distribute mail, and to give you a wary eye to passersby. The building is inhabited by rich people, a fact we learn from the narrator of the story - Paloma Josse (Garance Le Guillermic), an eleven-year-old girl disturbed by her privileged life in Paris. Her father Paul (Wladimir Yordanoff) is distracted by his government job while her mother Solange (Anne Brochet) drinks champagne with anti-depressants while talking to her plants, and her sister Colombe (Sarah Le Picard) focuses her shallow life on a pet goldfish. She decides she will kill herself in 165 days on her 12th birthday and begins to document the hypocrisy of the adults in her apartment building with her father's old 8mm camcorder. Her harsh judgments do not seem to include Renee: though they are at opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum Paloma senses something unusual about Renee, explores her apartment and discovers the extensive secret library in Renee's back room, and that the often untidy appearing and distant matron reads Tolstoy to her cat Leo. Renee's hedgehog appearance does indeed contain a cuddly inside, a fact that is revealed when a new tenant - Kakuro Ozu (Togo Igawa) moves in and he and Paloma realize they are kindred spirits. Mr. Ozu is a wealthy Japanese businessman and he strikes up a friendship with Paloma as they discuss their shared curiosity for the downstairs concierge woman and their delight in playing the game Go with one another. Kakuro's attention to and kindness for Renee creates changes: Renee is instructed by the maid Manuela Lopez (Ariane Ascaride) to have her hair done and to wear a new dress when Renee reluctantly accepts Kakuro's invitation to dinner. As Paloma observes the changes Kakuro creates in both Renee and in herself, her own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect. '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.' And from there the story moves like that free floating water lily - passing on through life enlightened by its presence.

Josiane Belasko, Garance Le Guillermic, and Togo Igawa are brilliant in their roles. The script is quiet, intelligent and ultimately deeply touching, but it is the direction of Mona Achache that polishes this little gem to a glow. Clearly this is one of the finest films of the past decade.

Grady Harp

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