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Le cou de la girafe (2004)

Ten year old Mathilde (Louisa Pili) lives with her mother Helene (Sandrine Bonnaire) in a suburb of Paris. Her only other family is a telephone dad (living in America with a new partner) ... See full synopsis »

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Safy Nebbou

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Safy Nebbou, Danièle Thompson (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Hélène
Claude Rich ... Paul
Louisa Pili ... Mathilde
Darry Cowl ... Léo
Philippe Leroy ... Maxime (as Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu)
Maurice Chevit Maurice Chevit ... Maurice
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Madeleine
Marie Mergey Marie Mergey ... Émilie
Geneviève Rey-Penchenat Geneviève Rey-Penchenat ... Marguerite (as Geneviève Penchenat)
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... M. Achraf
Françoise Jamet Françoise Jamet ... Lucie
Sarah Boreo Sarah Boreo ... Renée
Arlette Didier Arlette Didier ... Josette
Stéphane Bissot ... Stéphanie
Frédéric Gorny Frédéric Gorny ... L'inspecteur
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Ten year old Mathilde (Louisa Pili) lives with her mother Helene (Sandrine Bonnaire) in a suburb of Paris. Her only other family is a telephone dad (living in America with a new partner) and her grandfather Paul (Claude Rich), a retired bookseller, whom she and her mother visit regularly in his nursing home. Unknown to all she has found a cache of letters hidden by her gramps and written by her maternal grandmother Madeleine (Monique Mélinand) to Helene (and one to herself - the only one she's opened). Paul has taken bitter revenge on his wife for having left him, with his best friend, when Helene was ten; but he has deceived and embittered his own daughter in the process. As a result Helene hates her mother. Mathilde becomes a catalyst to put things right. She leaves home in the dead of night, walks to her gramps' and confronts him re the letters. He agrees to try to find his ex-wife and they head for the address on the letter sent when Mathilde was born. (His absence in the nursing ...

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UFD / UGC [France]

Country:

France | Belgium

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French | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A zsiráf nyaka See more »

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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Rich story-telling
20 November 2008 | by threeJaneSee all my reviews

This is such a rich story that it could entertain and succeed in several ways, depending on your point of view. It's a story about old age, about family relationships, and wise characters who know when to stay quiet.

For myself, it was a story of how children can trick you, or charm you, or drag you kicking and screaming out of your comfort zone. And where did they learn to do all this? From none other than ourselves, when we did it to them. Still, they seem to be so much better at it than us; our comfort zones are so much more rusted into place.

Just an observation: Why are middle-aged heroines in French films so often called Helene?


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