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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:
10 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A delicate touch to depict three magic souls See more (28 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 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
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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
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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46 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A delicate touch to depict three magic souls, 8 January 2010
Author: simona gianotti from Italy

I am now quietly used to going to movie theatres alone (in Italy this is still seen as an "odd" thing), I like it although regretting not exchanging opinion with some company, but this time an old woman was sitting, on her own, next to me, and at the end of the movie, we watched one another with our eyes suffocating some necessary tears, and she said: "how sad, but what a nice movie", I couldn't but agree with her (and innerly hoping I will still be able to go movie theatre, in my older years). "Le herisson" is the cinematographic adaptation of a best selling novel, a real literary case, which I have read, being quite surprised by the idea of making a movie from it, since it is a book where really little happens, and where the writer loves, and manages to play with the aesthetic, intellectual and emotional power of words.

But the young director Mona Achache managed to transpose the subtlety of the written word, in that she focused on the three main characters perfectly. They are three delicate souls, perceived by others as "odd", eccentric, different: Renée, the caretaker, apparently dowdy and ignorant, on the contrary very cultured and hiding a sensitive soul, Paloma , the "complicated", but in reality deep young girl, simply disregarding the void adult world, and the amazing Kakuro, the prototype of what a real man should be, refined in his soul, respectful, tactful. And you come to ask yourself why such high human qualities are viewed as odd, while they should be the normal way of living! In today's standardized, vulgar world, I perceived the movie as an effective antidote, supporting with strength the value of the uniqueness of the single human being. It is also a praise of delicacy and slowness, of the magic of a single spoken word or a single kind gesture, or a single soft glance: a few things happen, and a few things are said, simply because for a full life, we don't need to see or hear many things , we need a few but good things.

Despite its slowness, the movie is never boring, on the contrary I felt raptured by the delicacy and the calmness of these characters, wonderfully interpreted by three talented and actors. I identified myself also with the little Paloma, probably because she reminded me at her own age, when I liked being on my own, finding my secret refuge, where I could stay alone with my thoughts, as I grew up I realized how people could have seen my as a "difficult", even problematic child, but also fully realized how it is easy to be judged because different from the mass, but how important to keep your real inner precious world alive. Go and see it, you will be enchanted by these three simple, plain, but magic characters.

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