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Ponette (1996)

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A four-year-old girl tries to come to terms with the sudden death of her mother.

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Credited cast:
... Ponette
Delphine Schiltz ... Delphine
Matiaz Bureau Caton ... Matiaz
Léopoldine Serre ... Ada
... La mère
... Le père
Claire Nebout ... La tante
Aurélie Vérillon ... Aurélie
Henri Berthon ... L'Instituteur
Carla Ibled ... Carla
Luckie Royer ... Luce
Antoine du Merle ... Antoine
Marianne Favre ... Marianne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hadrien Bouvier ... Extra
Ben Lemaire ... Anthony (as Benjamin Lemaire)
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An extremely captivating movie on how a little girl copes with her mother's death. She withdraws from all the people around her, waiting for her mother to come back. She tries waiting, and when her mother still doesn't appear, tries magic chants, praying to God, and then becoming a child of God, to have some power over Him. All to no avail. But then, when she is in despair, her mother does come back ... Written by Rahul Dodhia <rdodhia@psych.columbia.edu>

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$1,400,000
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The magic spell the kids say, "Ta'ali Takum", is actually the "Talitha koum" of Jesus. In Mark 5:41, Jesus says the phrase "Talitha koum" (Aramaic for "Little girl, get up") to a dead girl, when he resurrects her. See more »

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In the cemetery scene, Ponette is shown piling dirt onto her legs as she kneels beside the grave. In the next shot, her legs have no dirt and her pants are clean. See more »

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Ponette: Mommy, where are you?
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The finest child performance in movie history
6 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

is given by 4 year-old Victoire Thivisol. Differences in how people deal with death and the role religion plays are brought into focus in this outstanding, thought provoking and unrelenting heartbreaking film. Death and religion are difficult enough concepts for adults but to thrust them upon a 4 year old child and watch her battle to understand why her mother is dead is captured beautifully and thoughtfully in Ponette. This is a must see.


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