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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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Ponette
Delphine Schiltz ...
Delphine
Matiaz Bureau Caton ...
Matiaz
Léopoldine Serre ...
Ada
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La mère
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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
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Hadrien Bouvier ...
Extra
Benjamin Charles ...
Anthony (as Benjamin Lemaire)
Luna Ragheb ...
Ponette (voice)

Directed by

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Jacques Doillon

Written by

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Jacques Doillon ... (written by)
 
Brune Compagnon ... (scenario collaborator: for first draft)

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Christine Gozlan ... executive producer
Alain Sarde ... producer

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Philippe Sarde

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Caroline Champetier

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Jacqueline Fano ... (as Jacqueline Lecompte)

Editorial Department

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Saskia Berthod ... editor trainee
Fabien Ferreri ... assistant editor
Gerard Savary ... color timer

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Christel Baras
Sophie Blanvillain
Antoinette Boulat
Brune Compagnon
Lola Doillon
Ève Guillou
Marick Hermet
Magali Montoya
Sandrine Revet

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Henri Berthon

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Astrid Traissac

Makeup Department

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Laurence Azouvy ... makeup artist: Marie Trintignant (as Laurence Azouvy-Jarriau)

Production Management

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Eric Aufèvre ... assistant unit manager (as Eric Aufevre)
Laurence Diaz ... assistant unit manager
Pierre-Alban Guyot ... assistant unit manager
Philippe Robine ... assistant unit manager
Florence Sempé ... unit manager

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Marie de Laubier ... assistant director
Sandrine Revet ... second assistant director
Emmanuel Rigaut ... third assistant director

Sound Department

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Patrice Birzin ... cable person
Pascal Chauvin ... foley artist
Pascal Dedeye ... assistant foley artist
Michel Filippi ... post-synchronisation
Dominique Hennequin ... foley artist / post-synchronisation / sound
Jean-Claude Laureux ... sound editor / sound
Jean-Louis Lebras ... boom operator (as Jean-Louis Le Bras)
Francis Perreard ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Brigitte Taillandier ... assistant sound
Nathalie Vidal ... assistant sound editor

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Julien Hirsch ... camera operator
Jean-Bernard Josko ... grip
Emilie de la Hosseraye ... still photographer
Lionel Rigothier ... assistant camera
Christian Weyers ... gaffer

Music Department

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Hubert Bougis ... orchestrator
Michael Davis ... musician: violin
Keith Harvey ... musician: cello
David Snell ... conductor
Peter Strosser ... musician: piano
John Timperley ... music editor

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Valérie Arroyo ... administrator
Cécile Cabel ... production secretary
Ophélie Gelber ... assistant: instructor for children
Kris Portier de Bellair ... instructor: children acting
Muriel Robine ... production secretary
Eva Simonet ... press agent
Odile Sogno ... assistant: instructor for children

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Η μικρή Πονέτ (Greece)
  • Понетт (Russia)
  • ポネット (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 97 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Batman & Robin/Hercules/My Best Friend's Wedding/For Roseanna/Ponette (1997). See more »
Quotes La Fille de l'Internet: You shouldn't be so sad.
Ponette: Yes, I should.
La Fille de l'Internet: Your mother was sad, too. She cried on her way to Heaven. God cried as He waited for her. When God was on earth as Jesus, He cried, too. But usually He was as joyful as a child.
Ponette: It isn't joyful to be a child.
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