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The Hedgehog (2009) More at IMDbPro »Le hérisson (original title)

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The Hedgehog -- Inspired by Muriel Barbery's beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, comes the touching coming- of-age story THE HEDGEHOG. THE HEDGEHOG was the winner of the Seattle International Film Festival Space Needle Award for Best Picture as well as the FilmFest DC and Col-Coa Film Festival Audience Winner.
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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Mona Achache (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 July 2009 (France) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
10 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Watching the Hedgehog is an absolute delight See more (28 total) »


  (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 
Production Design by
Yves Brover-Rabinovici  (as Yves Brover)
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 Arquié .... music supervisor (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
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
Ninon de la Hosseraye .... painter
Asako Furukata .... dialogue coach for Togo Igawa
Florence Gatineau-Saillant .... location scouting
Andrew P. Kirkham .... dvd producer [gb]
Sylvie Lalanne .... production accountant
Pierre Tafani .... location manager

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Also Known As:
"Le hérisson" - France (original title)
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France:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Watching the Hedgehog is an absolute delight, 4 September 2011
Author: chaz-28 from Rockville, MD

The pre-teen 11 year old girl in Mona Achache's The Hedgehog is one of the most delightful characters to watch on screen in the past few years. Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) decides to kill herself in a few months on her 12th birthday because she cannot bear the thought of living the rest of her life in a fishbowl. In voice-over, this decision is not a melodramatic response to her perceived lot in life or depression, but the result of a particularly witty form of logic. Paloma is not portrayed as a girl genius because she is overly book smart, but because she has the firmest grasp of pure rhetoric and logic any character has ever had before in a film.

Paloma spends her days sneaking around her large apartment and the fancy apartment building around it with her sturdy 8mm video camera documenting her family's neuroses and those of her neighbors. She can be extremely harsh, but true, when it comes to defining her mother, father, and sister through the lens. There is one neighbor Paloma cannot quite put her finger on though, which is rare, and that is the building's super who lives downstairs. From the unobservant eye, Renee Michel (Josiane Balasko) is a middle-aged and sour hermit who lives to mop the floor, distribute mail, and to give you a wary eye as you pass by. But there is something deeper than just what the eye can see which Paloma wants to find out. She realizes that being a building's concierge is the perfect place to hide in plain sight.

A new tenant moves in one day, Kakuro Ozu (Togo Igawa), 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 woman and their delight in playing the game Go with one another. Paloma has an enjoyable scene where she eviscerates an elder dinner guest who insists Go is the Asian form of chess. Using her impeccable logic, she makes a fool of him by even suggesting this could be so.

The Hedgehog won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival which is quite an achievement considering they screen hundreds of films in competition there. I will not soon forget what a great time I had being able to sit back and listen to brilliant dialogue in a film which is set almost exclusively in one building in Paris. Bravo.

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