7.6/10
403
6 user 11 critic

Poil de carotte (1932)

A red-haired boy is his mother's punching bag ; only his father's presence is a great comfort to him,but this weak man is under the shrew's thumb.His pain is so great he feels suicidal.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

David Golder (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

David is a poor but ambitious Polish Jew who reinvents himself as a powerful New York business magnate. After gaining wealth, he relocates to Paris, only to have his selfish and demanding wife squander his fortune.

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Harry Baur, Paule Andral, Jackie Monnier
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Christine, newly widowed and consumed by the memory of a ball she attended age 16, decides to track down the men she danced with that night and discover their fates.

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Marie Bell, Françoise Rosay, Louis Jouvet
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Willy Ferriere is dead broke and his mistress costs a lot. One day, he says in a pub that he would give 100,000 francs to get rid of his wealthy aunt. Someone lets him know it's a deal. The... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Harry Baur, Valéry Inkijinoff, Alexandre Rignault
My Childhood (1972)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The second part (My ain folk) of Bill Douglas' influential trilogy harks back to his impoverished upbringing in early-'40s Scotland. Cinema was his only escape - he paid for it with the ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Douglas
Stars: Stephen Archibald, Hughie Restorick, Jean Taylor Smith
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A nearly sightless boy is sent to a school for blind children, where he secretly discovers the possibilities of the recorded sound.

Director: Cristiano Bortone
Stars: Francesco Campobasso, Luca Capriotti, Marco Cocci
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Listening in to a conversation between his doctor and parents, 10-year-old Oscar learns what nobody has the courage to tell him. He only has a few weeks to live. Furious, he refuses to ... See full summary »

Director: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Stars: Michèle Laroque, Amir Ben Abdelmoumen, Max von Sydow
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
Director: Shunsuke Okubo
Stars: Shunsuke Okubo, Sam Maxwell, Tess Grant
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Five boys and girls, Five small courage, Five different stories. But all linked together.

Director: Shunsuke Okubo
Stars: Daniel Jacobs, Kate Carlson, Sam Maxwell
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself between the urge to discover love and the ever-present, dominating affection of his mother.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin
Mondo (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Mondo is a homeless young boy, with a big smile, who wanders around Nice looking for food and a place to sleep.

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: Ovidiu Balan, Philippe Petit, Pierrette Fesch
Sky Kids (2008)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two boys from a small town find their courage tested when they accidentally stow away aboard an airplane owned by the mob.

Director: Rocco DeVilliers
Stars: Jesse James, Reiley McClendon, Stephen Baldwin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

François' mother, Mme Lepic, hates him and she nicknames him "Poil de Carotte" (Carrot hair). His father is more interested in politics and hunting that he is in him. In spite of the ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Henry Krauss, Charlotte Barbier-Krauss, André Heuzé
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Monsieur Lepic
... François Lepic - dit 'Poil de Carotte'
... Le parrain
Simone Aubry ... Ernestine Lepic
Maxime Fromiot ... Félix Lepic
Colette Segall ... La petite Mathilde
Marthe Marty ... Honorine - la vieille bonne (as Madame Marty)
Christiane Dor ... Annette, la bonne
Catherine Fonteney ... Madame Lepic (as Catherine Fonteney Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Edit

Storyline

A red-haired boy is his mother's punching bag ; only his father's presence is a great comfort to him,but this weak man is under the shrew's thumb.His pain is so great he feels suicidal.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 May 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Red Head  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Poil de carotte (1973) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Duvivier meets Renard :up where they belong
6 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

A remake was made by Graziani in 1972.Although it featured Philippe Noiret,ideally cast as M.Lepic,it did not work.

Part of the reason can be found,IMHO, in the very structure of the book.Jules Renard's literature classic ,from which

the FRench young students study at least one chapter ,is a very hard work to transfer to the screen: it is made of small vignettes,small scenes ;it's not really a linear plot.One could have thought that Duvivier,who was the absolute master of the movie made up of sketches ,would opt for this technique for his "Poil de Carotte" .You are underestimating him:he knew,forty years before Graziani ,that he would have got a listless film.

Duvivier wrote himself the screenplay -as he had done in the past and as he would almost always do in the future;to think that he was not looked upon by some people as an auteur!- and he connected all the links of the chain.Using Renard's short scenes (the melon,the hens,Mathilde,the girlie) ,Duvivier perfectly integrated them into a whole.There is a progression in his movie which did not exist in the book.Only the masters of the seventh art know how to make a book their very own (other examples:Jean Renoir and Zola's "la Bete Humaine" ;Alfred Hitchcock and Boileau -Narcejac's "D'Entre les Morts" ("Vertigo").

A minor quibble:Catherine Fontenay's Madame Lepic is too theatrical and her shrill delivery is in direct contrast to Robert Lynen's and Harry Baur's very modern playing.Frontenay seems to be still living in the silent age.The monstrous mother,almost like in Hitchcock 's canon,would come back in Duvivier's huge body of work: a crazy mother in "Un carnet de Bal" who thinks that her dead son is still with her ; the over possessive one in "Voici le Temps des assassins" ,the absent one (replaced by a terrifying stepmother ) in "Boulevard" ;the selfish one ,protrayed by Danielle Darrieux in one sketch of "Le Diable et Les Dix Commandements".She was already here in "David Golder" (1930) ,asking dying Baur for a few Francs more....

Robert Lynen ,whose fate was tragic-see the first comment-,gives a performance so modern I do not think any contemporary whiz kid could approach .His Poil de Carotte refuses to be a martyr.He is a rebel,and even if he almost commits suicide (in a scene that would remain one of the peaks of Duvivier's works) he's a rebel and the last lines of the movie have something of a happy end ,which is very rare in the director's work.Happy end ,relatively speaking:actually a new war has begun:"now there are two of us" M.Lepic says.In the book,Renard wrote:"I can assure you that you will have comforting surprises" .One should note that "Poil de Carotte" was an autobiographical book.

Nobody ,not François Truffaut in "les Quatre Cents Coups " ,not even Maurice Pialat in his harrowing " L'Enfance Nue" equaled Duvivier when it came to depicting stolen childhood.Duvivier's peers are rather Bunuel ("los Olvidados" )Loach ("Kes" ) or Comencini ("Incompreso" "Cuore" ).


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial