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My Little Princess (2011)

When Hanah re-emerges in the life of her pre-pubescent daughter, she comes with a strange, yet attractive proposition: she needs her own girl to pose for her in ways that would later take by surprise the Parisian art world of the 1970s.


Eva Ionesco


Eva Ionesco, Marc Cholodenko (in collaboration with) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Hanah Giurgiu
Anamaria Vartolomei Anamaria Vartolomei ... Violetta Giurgiu
Georgetta Leahu Georgetta Leahu ... Mamie
Denis Lavant ... Ernst
Jethro Cave Jethro Cave ... Updike
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Antoine Dupuis, l'éditeur
Pascal Bongard ... Jean
Anne Benoît Anne Benoît ... Mme Chenus, l'assistante sociale
Johanna Degris-Agogue Johanna Degris-Agogue ... Apolline
Déborah Révy ... Nadia
Lou Lesage ... Rose
Nicolas Maury ... Louis
Pauline Jacquard ... Fifi (as Pauline Jacquart)
Eve Bitoun Eve Bitoun ... Mme Émilie
Joe Sheridan ... Arnaud


Violetta is raised by her grandmother. Her mother Hanna tries to make a living on taking photographs and concentrates on her dreams to become a famous artist. In order to succeed as an artist she doesn't worry about dating men of questionable reputation. Only every now and then her mother visits her daughter but during these occasions it occurs to her that her daughter could be a potential model. She starts exploiting her daughter who by transforming into a kind of Lolita becomes increasingly alienated from other children of her age. At school she is eventually frequently insulted and rejected. Then Mamie dies and Hannah's photographs are about to unequivocally overstep the line of acceptability. Hanna even coerces Violetta mercilessly into cooperation by withholding her food in case she doesn't agree to pose for increasingly daring photographs.

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Did You Know?


Anamaria Vartolomei Was only 11 or 12 when she filmed this, including the nudity. See more »


Hanah Giurgiu: Listen, darling. You need to know that fathers are a major handicap of nature, OK?
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Referenced in La grande librairie: Episode #8.2 (2015) See more »

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13 May 2017 | by shams-daroueeshSee all my reviews

How old this little actress is? the one doing the victims role? Any Pedophile will be happy to see this movie! You can't tell the story of child abuse using another child even if she is at age this is child abusive. I live in a war zone. Images about my suffering is no good for me and I wont let my kid see them. C's Media is not made to help me up Media is there to tell what happened any photograph or filming on TV or any other media should have limits because we have children to raze and this is not helping. Tell parents to teach their kids about it. make schooled able to interfere when parents abuse their own kids. I've seen cuts from this movie used to make an unofficial music video on you tube. Very easy Access for any teenager anywhere!

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French | English | Romanian

Release Date:

29 June 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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