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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 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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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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The best adaptation ever... that isn't one
20 August 2007 | by AnglikSee all my reviews

Throughout this movie experience - which moved me to tears several times - I had an extraordinary feeling that I was watching an adaptation of "Le Petit Prince" ("The Little Prince") by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Even though the film is set in a different time and place, and its main characters and plot line are not really in sync with the story of a boy from another world, there is, at the same time, a strange affinity here with de Saint-Exupéry's timeless classic. As we watch the peculiar odyssey of a little Mondo - a boy with no home, no family, no past, no memory almost, and no real skill apart from smiling wide joyful grins and opening his heart to strangers - we have no other choice but to fall in love with this little homeless adventurer, this modern Gavroche, who seems almost mythical in the way he turns up in the midst of people's lives to touch them, move them, perhaps change them - for a couple of days, or forever.

Heartily recommended to all those who embrace cinema as a way of channeling emotions, rather than notions and philosophical ideas, through images. "Toujours beaucoup".


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Official Sites:

Shadow Distribution

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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