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Petit Nicolas [DVD]

4.6 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Maxime Godart, Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad
  • Directors: Laurent Tirard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb. 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009DH34TA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A delightful family comedy based on the best-selling books chronicling the adventures of Nicolas, a mischievous French schoolboy. When Nicolas overhears his parents talking about a new arrival, he knows it can only mean one thing – a baby! Convinced they are making plans to abandon him in the forest to make room for his sibling he enlists the help of his fellow classmates to make sure he will survive. Offering a wonderful child’s eye view of the world, this Gallic style Diary of a Wimpy Kid is bound to enchant children and parents alike.

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Excellent light hearted and wonderfully quintessentially French film seeing the world through the eyes of 8 year old boys. Yes, I do know it's a French film; what I mean is that Hollywood rarely make films as sympathically as the French. Him indoors and his highly critical, film-making son both enjoyed it and voted it a hit. My work here is done.
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excellent movie about a french schoolboy and his seven miscievous pals.You will find the children very funny in their tricks to reach treir goals.
Unfortunately that in this english version there are no extras sound: french subs: english
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Fab movie. Whole family laughed so much even though we were reading subtitles.
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A really lovely film. Hilarious from start to finish.
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Beautiful. My 11 year old came home from school and said "you have to watch this" so we did, and he was right
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I watched this shortly after two gritty films set among young people in the Paris suburbs - what a change of tone! This is a delight from start to finish, and had us all laughing out loud every few minutes. Adapted from a comic, which which I'm not familiar, the look of the film reflects that with use of simple, graphical colour schemes and with slightly surreal camerawork and voiceover techniques that are reminiscent at times of Amélie. For those who speak French, there are some nice word plays that don't translate, but my wife and son who were reliant on the subtitles got just as much pleasure out of it (something of a testament as they were suffering a degree of French film fatigue at the time). The lead boys all give charming performances. I particularly liked the class 'low achiever' Clotaire, whose bewildered hangdog expressions had me laughing even when he had no lines. Sandrine Kiberlain, paying their teacher, is a constant favourite of mine, and this plays to her comic talent for expressing an air of resignation and mild disappointment with life through little looks and nuances. A brief appearance by the gorgeous Louise Bourgoin in a heap of cacti was an aesthetic bonus... Nicolas' parents give broad performances which are right for the comic book heritage and are both genuinely warm and amusing. This is a really refreshing film - simple, warm, direct, drawing its humour from situations and perspectives rather than spite. Absolutely recommended.
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Went to see this film at our local brilliant Macrobert Centre in Stirling which thankfully picks up world cinema ignored by the big boys, based on the fact that it was French and about school (wife and I both Primary teachers and fond of French culture). I have honestly never heard her laugh so much and so consistently throughout a film. Excellent understanding of a child's world and take on reality. Wonderful performances from all involved in this as well. This was early 2011 and still no sign of a UK release on DVD a year later. I do have a copy WITH ENGLISH subtitles now as I was so wanting this I got a copy from Amazon in Canada! Had the hassle of it being Region 1, but worth the pain and extra cost:
http://www.amazon.ca/Petit-Nicolas-Little-Nicholas/dp/B003FTM19G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1326874604&sr=8-3
STOP PRESS: UK VERSION OUT ABOUT 14 MONTHS AFTER THE REVIEW!
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Little Nicolas is a French comedy painting an interesting and extremely well told picture of growing up - from the child's perspective. Little Nicolas is a fairly average school kid from a middle-class family of the 1960s urban France. He likes his parents, his school mates and his life in general - and would, of course like everything to stay that way. But events at school make him think significant, and scary change is ahead - the rest of the movie is basically about him dealing with the 'situation'.

What makes the movie truly outstanding, is how well it manages to empathise with a child's point of view. The fears and misunderstandings of the children in general and Nicolas in particular make for a warm but relentless stream of hillarity - it has been a very long time since a comedy made me laaugh so much or so hard. In it's warmth it very much reminded me of Monsieur Ibrahim [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (without the sad ending).

At the same time the entertainment is fairly innocent and can be enjoyed by viewers of pretty much all ages. Some other aspects, involving his parents are pictured pretty amusingly, too - and relate to experiences many families have gone through at some point - the husband's striving for promotion, the entertaining of the boss and his wife at home, the somewhat desperate housewife...

The only unfortunate thing about the movie currently is that I have not yet been able to find a version with English subtitles. So if your French, or in this case alternatively Italian (subtitled) is not up to speed, you will sadly have to wait - but I am sure the wait will be worth it, once an English version eventually appears.
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