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A Childhood (2015)

Une enfance (original title)
As summer drags by, 13-year-old Jimmy, forced by circumstance to become an adult too soon, runs up against the limits of his small hometown and his turbulent life, caught between a mother on the slide and a stepfather who keeps her down.

Director:

Philippe Claudel

Writer:

Philippe Claudel (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexi Mathieu Alexi Mathieu ... Jimmy
Angelica Sarre Angelica Sarre ... Pris
Pierre Deladonchamps ... Duke
Jules Gauzelin Jules Gauzelin ... Kevin
Patrick d'Assumçao ... L'instituteur
Fayssal Benhamed Fayssal Benhamed ... Mouss (as Fayssal Benbahmed)
Catherine Matisse Catherine Matisse ... Lila
Lola Dubois Lola Dubois ... Lison
Gérard Barbonnet Gérard Barbonnet ... Le voisin
Jean-Paul Labé Jean-Paul Labé ... Ben
Philippe Claudel ... L'entraîneur de tennis
Christophe Ragonnet Christophe Ragonnet ... Le vigile du supermarché
Catherine Zahner-Cloarec Catherine Zahner-Cloarec ... La mère de Lison
David Finance David Finance ... Mouloud
Fanny Gourieux Fanny Gourieux ... La compagne de Mouloud
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As summer drags by, 13-year-old Jimmy, forced by circumstance to become an adult too soon, runs up against the limits of his small hometown and his turbulent life, caught between a mother on the slide and a stepfather who keeps her down.

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Drama

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It ain't always so easy to be a kid
26 September 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

What a true drama, dark, gripping, but not hopeless film, about a young kid and his little brother who have to survive among a broken family. They both have a very young unemployed and drug addicted mother - in her late twenties at the most - who lives with a lousy drug addicted and also unemployed prick - and not the father of the two. A real SOB. You have already understood that it is a pure drama, a social movie describing with a realistic way how the poor people have to fight every day to make it in the modern world. The today way of life. You have here a poignant sequence where the poor mother shouts at her son that he is responsible for her to be so miserable. And the little boy grabs her mom and hugs her into his arms. Very touching sequence. A beautiful film.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 September 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$961,273
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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