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Small Change (1976)

L'argent de poche (original title)
In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another ... See full summary »

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

François Truffaut (original scenario), Suzanne Schiffman (original scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Félix Nicole Félix ... Grégory's mother (as Nicole Felix)
Chantal Mercier Chantal Mercier ... Chantal Petit, the Schoolteacher
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Jean-François Richet, the Schoolteacher (as Jean-François Stevenin)
Virginie Thévenet Virginie Thévenet ... Lydie Richet (as Virginie Thevenet)
Georges Desmouceaux Georges Desmouceaux ... Patrick Desmouceaux (as Geory Desmouceaux)
Tania Torrens Tania Torrens ... Nadine Riffle, hairdresser
René Barnerias René Barnerias ... Monsieur Desmouceaux, Patrick's father
Philippe Goldmann Philippe Goldmann ... Julien Leclou
Katy Carayon Katy Carayon ... Sylvie's Mother
Laurent Devlæminck Laurent Devlæminck ... Laurent Riffle
Jean-Marie Carayon Jean-Marie Carayon ... Police inspector, Sylvie's father
Annie Chevaldonne Annie Chevaldonne ... Nurse
Francis Devlaeminck Francis Devlaeminck ... Monsieur Riffle, hairdresser, Laurent's father
Michel Dissart Michel Dissart ... Monsieur Lomay, constable
Michele Heyraud Michele Heyraud ... Madame Deluca
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Storyline

In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another mom reaches out to Patrick, a motherless lad who is just discovering the opposite sex. Patrick befriends Julien, a new student who lives in poverty with his mother and has a terrible secret. Bruno shows his friends how to chat up girls. Sylvie stages a witty protest against her parents. Brothers give a friend a haircut. A toddler falls from a window and is unhurt. Everybody goes to the cinema. At camp, Martine catches Patrick's eye. A teacher explains: "Life is hard, but it's wonderful." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 March 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Small Change See more »

Filming Locations:

Allier, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,624, 29 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,296, 19 May 2013
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Voted as Roger Ebert's favorite movie of 1976. See more »

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Jean-François Richet, the Schoolteacher: I know we are all thinking about Julien Leclou. It's in the press... and you've heard your parents talking at home. Before you go on vacation... let's talk about Julien. I don't know much more than you do... but I'll tell you how I feel. First, Julien will be taken care of by Welfare. He will be placed in a family. Wherever he goes, he'll be better off than in his own home... where, in his own words, "he was beaten." His mother shall lose her maternal right. For Julien, it may be quite a few ...
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Les enfants s'ennuient le dimanche
Written and Performed by Charles Trenet
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Great Movie, Interesting P.O.V.
5 October 1999 | by Cole12See all my reviews

Small Change is certainly one of Francois Truffaut's better efforts. When considering several of the excellent films he has made, that is a strong statement.

Small Change is simply about the lives of children. Grammar School children in France to be specific. That is the greatest extent any description of this film has to be. It is simply about children. What makes the film so wonderful is its simplicity in approaching its subject. It honestly views its subjects over the course of a year, and with few exceptions, does little else.

Perhaps that is what makes the film so original, because it views the world through the eyes of the children. The hopes and concerns of the children are brought to the screen with the priority system that a child would have, further emphasizing this point.

All things considered, this is an excellent film.


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