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Mondo (1995)

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

Writers:

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (novel) (as Jean-Marie G. Le Clezio), Tony Gatlif
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ovidiu Balan Ovidiu Balan ... Mondo
Philippe Petit ... The Magician
Pierrette Fesch Pierrette Fesch ... Thi Chin
Jerry Smith Jerry Smith ... Dadi
Schahla Aalam Schahla Aalam ... The Magician's Friend
Maurice Maurin Maurice Maurin ... Giordan the fisherman
Catherine Brun Catherine Brun ... Church Soloist (Elevator Woman)
Ange Gobbi Ange Gobbi ... The Postman
Jean Ferrier Jean Ferrier ... The Chief of Police
Marcel Lemuet Marcel Lemuet ... The Birdman
Nadia Cutaia Nadia Cutaia ... The Baker Woman
Pierre Klouman Pierre Klouman ... The Popcorn Man
Georges Carlo Georges Carlo ... Family at the Supermarket
Sylvie Fadeuilh Sylvie Fadeuilh ... Family at the Supermarket
Benjamin Massi Benjamin Massi ... Family at the Supermarket
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Storyline

A fable unfolds. One summer day, a boy of about ten appears on the streets of Nice - no family, no possessions, no schooling, but with a brilliant smile. Mondo's most at home in gardens, fields, and at the seashore. The bustle of the city can seem to overwhelm him. He has good survival instincts, running from police and from threatening adults, and he is looking for a family. Over time, people come to know him - he helps out a street magician, befriends an old man who keeps doves in his suitcase, and finds a mother, herself an outsider. That smile is always at hand. Yet, no vagabond child sits well with the authorities. Can Nice keep this treasure of the spirit? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Official Sites:

Shadow Distribution

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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beautiful
25 August 1999 | by RogermexSee all my reviews

This film is a must-see, like Gatlif's Latcho Drom. It is poetic, cinematically poetic. There are several moments that brought me to tears, out of the sheer beauty of the human emotion expressed in acting and photography. "Acting" does not sound right - you have the impression you are watching real people living out love in their actual souls.


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