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The Dandelions (2012)

Du vent dans mes mollets (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 August 2012 (France)
Rachel, shy little 9 year old, loved by her father and stifled by a possessive mother, meets Valérie, a fearless and shameless girl of her age. With her new friend, she engages to profanity, indecency and nonsense, and opens up to life.

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Colette Gladstein
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Michel Gladstein (as Denis Podalydès Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
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Catherine
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Madame Trebla
Juliette Gombert ...
Rachel
Elsa Lepoivre ...
Madame Danielle
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La grand-mère
Anna Lemarchand ...
Valérie
Jean-Baptiste Tiemele ...
Monsieur Fadiga
Hervé Pierre ...
Directeur école (as Hervé Pierre Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Virgil Leclaire ...
Le frère de Valérie (as Virgile Leclaire)
Laura Genovino ...
Marina Campbell
Christian Hecq ...
Le marie de Madame Danielle (as Christian Hecq de la Comédie Française)
Emma Ninucci ...
Copine de Marina
Emmanuelle Michelet ...
Gardienne école
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Rachel Gladstein, a shy little nine year old girl, loved by her cynic father and stifled by a possessive Jewish mother, meets at the start of classes Valérie, a fearless and shameless girl of her age. Rachel, influenced by her new girl friend, engages in turn to profanity, indecent gestures and nonsense, and opens up to life. She sleeps with her satchel on her back on the eve of the new school year, and must consult with the psychologist Ms. Trebla who will enter her privacy. In parallel, a friendship develops between the parents of the two girls, particularly between Michael Gladstein and Catherine, the divorced mother of Valérie. The nascent jealousy of Rachel's mother in the face of this closeness will bring her to question her own couple, which suffers from routine and weariness. Written by yeish hleb (gg)

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29 March 2013 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm not normally a fan of films about children, but I liked this one a lot. It's a bit corny, a bit predictable, and at the end rather shockingly tragic, but it's well done every step of the way.

The two little girls really are very cute: shy, withdrawn little Rachel, and naughty, mischievous Valerie who befriends Rachel for no particular reason at all, both are excellent and a joy to watch either alone or together. The story involving the relationship between Rachel's parents is also pretty predictable and not without holes, but again it's done with a light and deft touch and is in the end touching rather than annoying. The character of the grandmother is probably the least satisfactory simply because while she's always there, we learn next to nothing about her.

There's a small role for Isabella Rossellini as a child psychiatrist: she's put on a kilo or two since Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart, but she's still got more real beauty than a thousand of those American actresses who can still fit into the dresses they wore when they were 18 but look as if they've spent their lives pickled in formaldehyde.

Not a great film, but I'm very glad I saw it.


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