Most people have given this film five stars but somehow I feel this is to overrate it a bit, even though it is outstanding in its way. It certainly presents Ludovic very sensitively and the story is well worth telling. It recreates the world through Ludovic's eyes, while also showing with considerable depth the strain on his uncomprehending parents, whose reactions to him vary widely at different times. They are really quite moving in their baffled attempts to do what is right. All this is excellent, but I do feel that in the end it doesn't quite have that indefinable something, a vision that goes beyond what we see and lifts the film into a realm where it gives a deeper pleasure than entertainment or intelligent insights. And surely this is what we want from films, ideally. The satire of the neighbours' values, for instance, is a bit too broad, and the day-glo visuals are a little too consistent, even schematic. If you compare it to, say, Celia, about a young girl in Australia, you find that extra edge of visual interest and unpredictability in the way it presents the world, while still remaining largely in the mind of a child. Perhaps it's that there's an excess of close-ups in the French film? I can't quite put my finger on it, but it is a very good film, certainly, and well worth seeing, if ultimately not quite one of the great films about childhood. The boy and both his parents give outstandingly nuanced performances at close range, and 'granny', as he calls her, is terrifically wacky and kindhearted.