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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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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


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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29 September 2004 (France) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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a story. maybe, familiar
8 July 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

For many reasons, this film is a must see. first - for actors. and their performances. and the meet between Claude Rich and Sandrine Bonnaire gace to a touching, complex, almost provocative story. second - for a beautiful plot like an old tree. not the less - for the chance to be a story about yourself. and, sure, for the end. as answer. as conclusion. as expression of a sort of miracle in different skin by you expect. a French film about a family. his past. and the fight for create the right future.

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