In the 1880s, Félicie, a poor orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina, but lacks formal training, runs away from her orphanage in rural Brittany with her best friend, Victor, a young inventor. Together they go to beautiful Paris, but they soon become separated, and Victor becomes an office boy in Gustave Eiffel's workshop. Félicie finds her way to the Paris Opera, where the guard catches her trespassing. She is rescued by a mysterious cleaner with a limp, Odette, who agrees to let Félicie stay with her until she gets on her feet. Odette works for both the Opera and for the cruel and imperious Régine Le Haut, a wealthy restaurant owner. While helping Odette clean, Félicie spies Regine's daughter, Camille, practicing ballet. Camille sees Félicie, insults her, and throws Félicie's treasured music box out of the window, breaking it. As Félicie takes it to Victor for repair, she intercepts the postman who brings a letter from the Opera admitting Camille to the celebrated school of ...
Although the U.S. version of this movie was originally distributed by The Weinstein Company, and still credited as such in the version of the film that was theatrically released, the company's and Harvey Weinstein's executive producer credits do not appear in the home media version due to the bankruptcy of the company. See more »
In a scene at the 58min mark, Felicie tells a character, You're not my Mom! A gifted box containing a pair of orange or red ballet slippers on the kitchen table disappears as Felicie is seen leaving the kitchen to go outdoors. See more »
[catches Victor and Felicie on the roof]
I'm going to stop this! No one interrupts my nightly face care routine and gets away with it!
[Victor picks up Felicie and runs down the roof, with Luteau close behind]
Stop! I can't run that fast! I have delicate ankles!
[Victor, still carrying Felicie, jumps off the roof and manages to fly away with the help of his 'chicken wings'. Luteau, meanwhile, lands on a lower part of the roof and falls right through]
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The title doesn't appear until the end of the film. See more »
I have no idea why they started the film as they did. The starting scene is just nothing new, childish, and makes the film seem for younger audiences. I suspect that someone told them they needed to start with an exciting scene with lots of action, so this is what happened... Nevermind the beginning, once the kids get to Paris things start to shape up and an actual narrative emerges. Nothing too revolutionary here, in terms of story or plot, but solid work.
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