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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:
Cats and Goldfish 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:
Togo Igawa (Kakuro Ozu) learned his French lines in the movie phonetically. He does not speak French in real life.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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Cats and Goldfish, 25 September 2011
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. The directorial feature debut from Mona Achache is based on the French bestseller "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery. The meticulous pace masks whirlwind of emotion and thought occurring in the three key characters. Three characters whom each of us could be guilty of overlooking on a daily basis.

For those who don't know, the film defines a hedgehog as a prickly-on- the-outside, cuddly-on-the-inside critter that is often misjudged. Our three characters all fit this description in some manner. Paloma (Garance LeGuillermic) is an 11 year old girl who plans to kill herself on her 12th birthday because no one understands her and her life is filled with what are the minor inconveniences of being an 11 year old - her mother talks to plants more than she talks to her, her father is a distracted workaholic, and her self-centered teenage sister is, well, a self-centered teenager. Madame Renee Michel (Josiane Balasko) is the building's caretaker. Self-described as old and ugly, she lives the life of quiet desperation, hiding with her cat and massive library of books and chocolate. The building's new tenant is Kakuro Ozu (Togo Igawa), a mysterious and elegant man who immediately sees through Madame Michel's prickly exterior.

Paloma spends much of her day documenting by video camera the goings on in her life and of those in her building. She often adds her insightful and humorous narrative to the scene as it occurs. Her view on life and its possibilities begins to change as she observes and gets to know Madame Michel and Mr. Ozu, and more importantly, observes their interactions.

The underlying storyline of an 11 year old girl contemplating suicide can be quite disturbing, but director Achache never really lets that occur. Instead we focus on very simple acts of kindness and subtle smiles and gestures that indicate life can be rewarding and worthwhile. I also found Madame Michel's surrender to the state of invisibility to be quite disturbing, but her awakening to be fascinating. She had not been rejected by society as much as simply overlooked.

Unlike many French movies that bombard us with rapid fire, overlapping exchanges, this one instead relies on patience and a sharp eye ... think of it as the slight squeeze while holding a loved one's hand.

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