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  • Actors: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet, Ariane Ascaride
  • Directors: Mona Achach
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Cinefile
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064MA0UI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on a best-selling novel, first-time writer/director Mona Achach's charming and thoughtful The Hedgehog is the story of an unexpected encounter. Paloma, an exceptionally intelligent 11 year old (played by Garance Le Guillermic) wants to end it all on her 12th birthday.Fascinated by art and philosophy, she documents her life and immediate circle, drawing trenchant and often hilarious observations on the world around her within a Parisian apartment building. But as her birthday approaches, Paloma finally meets some kindred spirits in her solitary concierge Renee Michel (Josiane Balasko) and an enigmatic and elegant neighbour Mr Kakuro Ozu (Togo Igawa).

Freely inspired by Moroccan-born Muriel Barbery's international literary success, The Hedgehog leaves a deep impression. No car chases, no expolsions, no convoluted plot twists - yet its utterly captivating simply because the characters are so well drawn and full of humanity.

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I very nearly did not buy thia Because my sister sent me a copy from Australia I was unable to use it here in France./Europe so looked at the reviews to see if it was worth spending an extra £10 or so Having previously read the book which I adored, was cautious and wondered if the reviewers who were so negative about it might be right However thought I should really should see for myself and I was not disappointed It is often not a helpful thing in my experience to see a film of a book They are such different medium and seldom work unless one can see them as separate art forms I try to view them in that light So was prepared for there to be differences However,after seeing this lovely understated beautiful film I was glad i did make my own decision and bought it. I agree it had not all the subtle humour of the book but there were some magical parts like the drawings done by the girl that I found fascinating So am glad I took little notice of the reviewer who felt this was" appalling ". How different people's view and taste.Anyway my unusable copy has now gone back to New Zealand where it has received some very worthy comments
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By Doc Barbara TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 April 2012
This is such an enjoyable film: gentle, serious, amusing yet deep. The story concerns 11-year-old Paloma who lives with her rich and superficial family in a luxurious apartment. She has decided to kill herself in a few months' time and meanwhile spends her days filming the people around her. Her high intelligence, powers of observation and precociousness are all conveyed brilliantly by the young actress with her expressive eyes. She forms an unlikely friendship with the concierge (the hedgegog in the title - prickly on the outside but cultured inside, a fact she tries to hide) who, in turn, forms an unlikely friendship with a new Japanese tenant. The director has followed the source quite closely: the novel "L'Elegance du Herisson" by Muriel Barbery - a best-seller. The film portrays these relationships with affectionate insight and draws in the viewer, so much so in my case that I gasped aloud with shock when ... My only small complaint is that the sub-titles sometimes pass quite quickly. But it deals with the themes of friendship and maturation, spuriousness and honesty with superb filming and quiet emotion. Highly recommended.
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This film is set in an upscale apartment block in Paris and recounts the developing friendship between Paloma, a highly intelligent 11 year old girl who despairs of her neurotic family and has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday, Renee, the curmudgeonly widowed concierge who keeps her love of culture, literature and green tea a secret from the world, and Mr Ozu, a refined Japanese widower who moves into one of the apartments. This a very enjoyable and well-produced film that gently pokes fun at the French upper classes and is more erudite than most films without straying into pretentiousness. Not a lot happens, though the film is none the worse for this.
Although the character of Paloma is well acted, I found the idea of an 11 year old wanting to kill herself to 'avoid being a goldfish in a bowl' - her vision of adult life, very unconvincing, and I found myself getting impatient during those parts of the film.
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I'd like to say that this is typically French, but as a film it left me feeling like I wanted something to really happen in the film, but not much did. Fine if you like slow-moving, quiet, gentle films. Quite a lot of existentialism involved.
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A warm good feel movie,so refreshing the kid is not the awful stereo type american horror,just hope hollywood doesn,t make a version.
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I bought this is a gift... Amazon seemed to be the only place selling it! Good price and my mum loves it!
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