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Petit homme (2002)

Deep emotions and repressed memories manifest in this tightly plotted French drama. A 16 year old son and his single mother are forced to reckon their true identities. What and who is an ... See full summary »

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Laurent Jaoui
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Credited cast:
Alexandre Hamidi Alexandre Hamidi
Anne Coesens
Karim Belkhadra
Teddy Beaudoin Teddy Beaudoin
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Deep emotions and repressed memories manifest in this tightly plotted French drama. A 16 year old son and his single mother are forced to reckon their true identities. What and who is an accidental hero? The answers are forthcoming as tragic circumstances upset the lives of our protagonists. They seek reconciliation as they struggle through difficult times. Fatherless son Tom is angry and rebellious. Mother Ariane is a remorseful yet nurturing and loving mother. Destiny one finds is not kind to these two. Over the course of the film can they overcome the obstacles before them? Will they overcome themselves? Subplots involve worthy characters excellently played that enhance the drama. Juvenile court, hospital, reform school, dock workers, and suburban life are backdrop scenes for the drama. Be prepared to be surprised by the sheer edge of despair which this film brings to you quickly. An abyss is glimpsed. Those who enjoy sheltered lives may recoil. Life is tough here. The characters ... Written by Paul Nam

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France

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French

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17 April 2002 (France) See more »

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The Accidental Hero See more »

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"Thanks for the Memories..."
10 March 2006 | by jpmccusa-1See all my reviews

Tom is a troubled teen with a single mother. He gets into trouble on a routine basis, and this is impacting her career as an Air France flight attendant. He blames her for not knowing who his father is, and it is clear that he needs a strong paternal influence.

One day starts normally for them, driving to work while bickering endlessly. Unfortunately, Mom Valerie wrecks the car and injures them both. Tom soon recovers, but Valerie has amnesia and recalls nothing prior to waking up in the hospital.

Tom is now faced with a dilemma: he can take this opportunity to start fresh, with a more responsible relationship with his mother, or he can delve into his family history and bring back the bad times in the hope of jogging his mother's memory back into gear.

Matters are complicated when he is put into a group home. Here, he comes under the tough-love influence of counselor Malik, a man who has clearly seen everything and would much rather that he hadn't. Tom learns some discipline and responsibility---the hard way---and comes to face the responsibility involved with his mother for the future of his family.


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