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L'Enfance Nue (1968)

L'enfance nue (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 22 January 1969 (France)
An anguished foster child takes to mischief and lies as his foster parents do their best to love and care for him. But it might be too little, too late in this emotionally devastating portrayal of the orphaned child.

Director:

Maurice Pialat
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Michel Terrazon Michel Terrazon ... François
Linda Gutenberg Linda Gutenberg ... Simone (as Linda Gutemberg)
Raoul Billerey Raoul Billerey ... Roby
Pierrette Deplanque Pierrette Deplanque ... Josette
Marie-Louise Thierry Marie-Louise Thierry ... Madame Minguet
René Thierry René Thierry ... Minguet
Henri Puff Henri Puff ... Raoul
Marie Marc Marie Marc ... Meme
Maurice Coussonneau Maurice Coussonneau ... Letillon
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Storyline

A ten-year-old boy feels unwanted when his mother places him in a home for wayward children. He goes to a foster home where a family of workers finds him to be too much for them. When the unruly child discovers the family plans to give up on him, he kills their daughter's cat in retaliation. He is sent to another home where he is cared for by an elderly couple. The boy takes to the wife's elderly mother, who reaches out to the disturbed boy. His deliberate disobedience lessens somewhat in his new environment, but he is arrested after throwing bolts at cars from a bridge. The boy tries to overcome his mother's rejection and struggles to boost his self-image in this childhood drama. Written by Dan Pavlides

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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The character Francois was based on a real-life foster child named Didier who lived with René Thierry and Marie-Louise Thierry. See more »

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Referenced in Being 17 (2016) See more »

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An honest, realistic portrayal of a broken childhood
15 December 2019 | by mbrcfSee all my reviews

Naked childhood or L'enfance nue (original title) is a film that deals with issues such as under-privileged children, foster-parenting and in general children being raised apart from their parents. The director approaches his subject with a realistic, almost documentary narrative with the least amount of dramatization. Therefore viewers will be shown a pretty straightforward story about a troublesome kid and what he is going through with foster-parents, school, social service agents and so on.

I think the film does a good job at showing us that no one's to blame for what eventually happens in these scenarios and yet the current method is a failure for these children. It's a film that is not very shocking or disturbing (although there are couple scenes) but it can make one think for a while.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 January 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Naked Childhood See more »

Filming Locations:

Lens, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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