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Petit homme (2005)

Vincent's years-long indifference toward his child, whom he ordinarily only sees every second weekend, is substituted with bonding, after he almost loses the child.


Benoît d'Aubert


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stéphane Freiss ... Vincent
Micky Sébastian Micky Sébastian ... Élizabeth
Maxence Perrin ... Malo
Stéphane De Groodt ... Grégoire
Charlie Dupont Charlie Dupont ... Nicolas
Anne Caillon ... Savéria
Michel Scotto di Carlo Michel Scotto di Carlo ... Pietri
Apolline Bouissières Apolline Bouissières ... Victoria
Jean-Michel Vovk Jean-Michel Vovk ... Solinas
Deborah Rouach Deborah Rouach ... Francisca
Micheline Hardy Micheline Hardy ... Dorine
Michel Guillou Michel Guillou ... Le juge
Tania Garbarski Tania Garbarski ... Charlotte
Jean-Louis Leclercq Jean-Louis Leclercq ... Le Blot
Amélia Gualtieri Amélia Gualtieri ... Mafalda (as Amélia Manfredi-Gualtieri)


Elisabeth and Vincent separate upon the birth of their son, a child Vincent did not want. Malo, now nine years old, sees his father every second weekend. One evening, Vincent is late to bring the child back to the child's mother. In a hurry, he drives a little too fast and causes a collision. He then realizes that he almost lost his son without seeing him grow up. Eager to redeem his years of indifference, Vincent offers a trip with Malo, to reconnect with this son he barely knows. Worried, Elizabeth warned the gendarmerie, while father and son found refuge in Corsica, in an old house. It is in this enchanting setting that Vincent and Malo get to know each other. Written by Prisma Média

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23 November 2005 (Belgium) See more »

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Good TV movie showing Corsica and the troubles of a well off divorced couple
24 October 2008 | by stuka24See all my reviews

This film is OK in that it shows well acted relationships and stunning visuals. The plot is rather well, full of small things to keep interest up. The ex wife (Élizabeth) and his 2nd husband are perfect as those people who simply live to bother... Note that she's complaining most of the movie :). One of her first phrases (in front of his ex) is: "T'es vraiment nul!". Voilá! I didn't like the son (Malo), the object of desire and fights of his parents, much. Maybe he took after the mother :)! I found it interesting that he's already a manipulator, knows how to bother his dad: "It's true what mum says: you're a good for nothing!" just when a little something isn't perfect. He also exaggerates to make his mum upset at his dad, and his smile when both men fight is telling...

I liked the Stéphane Freiss character (dad). Emotional, bohemian but ready to change and have doubts. A sensitive soul, but he does indeed try to be a good dad in spite of the trick he's been subjected to.

The characters I most liked are the Corsican ones. The friend who lodges him, his soeur Savéria (Anne Caillon!), probably too beautiful for the role of "medicin de campagne", but full of Emotional IQ, and socially driven (not everybody raises a blinding girl that's not yours, I guess). The girl is VERY good, she conveys some sadness, but is natural. We all know about appalling "little actors". This one is fine, thou. This reminds me that Malo even lies to her (and she's sick). No wonder the meaning of his name in Spanish :).

And the "witch" Mafalda, a living testimony, as well as the religious ceremony with men with masks and the ancestral superstitions, that the past is still present in Europe. The secondary characters like his brother "Nicholas" and his wife, who can be snappy but are well meaning, are OK.

The portrait of a society like Corsica, harbour of outlaws, sunny and forgiving, is what I mostly learned from this film. The place "U cavallo" is cool as a rustic little town. The music is so bad that I'm having nightmares over it :(! They basically repeat only one melody, over and over...

I liked the ending a lot! Not your classic Hollywood, I can only say: "actions have consequences", even if the original intentions were long over.

Overall, a surprising, refreshing movie if a bit predictable (not the ending!).

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