The hedgehog

The hedgehog

DVD - 2009 | French
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The timely story of Paloma a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father's old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, she begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renee Michel. She begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors.
Publisher: [Australia] : Madman Entertainment [distributor] [Vancouver] : NeoClassics Films, 2009]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: French title: Le hérisson

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firefly5
Dec 03, 2015

French movie with english sub-titles.

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saison_des_pluies
May 14, 2015

Wonderful film for all ages! Touching and deeply life affirming, although a bit sad.

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GLNovak
Apr 27, 2014

This is the movie adaptation of The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Babery, and is a terrific film. I read the book only a month ago and comparing it to the movie is hard. They were both very good. Paloma in the movie is the twelve-year-old girl I pictured when reading the book, perhaps a bit more artistic. The print concierge is maybe a bit shorter and fatter than the actress in the movie, but shared the same grumpiness and secretiveness. The interaction between the girl and the concierge was lovely in both mediums. The blossoming of the concierge was a delight and the realization of Paloma that life really does have more attraction than suicide was a relief.

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jescar82
Mar 10, 2014

I had read the book a couple years ago, was surpised that a movie was made of it. Very well done and acted. I would recommend it but, do read the book first.

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JeanieG
Jan 17, 2014

I had read this excellent book a couple years ago. I really really enjoyed it. It was beautiful and sad and real and about how life goes. The movie was a very good adaptation. Excellent actually.

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Rdgz
Sep 11, 2013

Very sensitive and touching performances by all but in particular by Josiane Balasko (Renee). I can’t recomnd it enough. Narrated largely through the eyes of the two main characters who are both hiding in their small private world; one in her bedroom of her parents large Paris apartment and the other in a library in her small first floor apartment in the same building. Death of one of the tenants brings into the building a Japanese man who gently helps them ease out of the isolation and helps them live again. The only thing that I do not agree with is the ending… do not believe it was necessary or at least it should have not been so precipitous. Could have waited... but even like it is it does teach us not to wait... life is made of emoptions and it is not forever. To seize those opportunities that we all have to live our lives before it is too late.

d2013 Mar 29, 2013

This movie was different but interesting about a lonely young girl and her relationships with others in her building.

markkluk Feb 16, 2013

All of the comments below describe this film much more eloquently than I could. It really captured my attention all the way through. The girl is indeed a tad on the bizzare side. One scene in particular made me yell out and jump in my seat like no "horror" movie ever could.

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miaone
Jan 28, 2013

I also am biased by having first read the book, and I agree with GuyN that it would be hard to show the concierge's character in film when she lives in her head all the time. But reading the book, I didn't expect the tragedy at the end of the book, so was unprepared. Watching the movie, I may have been influenced by knowing what was coming, but I didn't think the film had any power at the end; it just fizzled.
Also, in the book, the family of the young girl was truly dysfunctional; in the film they were merely annoying.
A point I would pick with both book and film: neither convinces me that Paloma would have made the decision to kill herself. To run away, maybe. But to choose death, no.

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GuyN
Jan 03, 2013

My opinion of this movie is colored by having read the book first. M. Ozu, the rich Japanese character is well played as is the precocious young girl. Their characters seem to dominate the movie, while the concierge character dominated the book with her intellectual inquiries. Not that the actress playing our hedgehog does a poor job, au contraire. It is just that the cinema demands visual action and the story of her hidden life as an intellectual is difficult to convey in this medium. If you haven't read the book (which is a little self-consciously smug about its being intellectual, but mostly marvelous) but enjoy character driven European films you might rate this a star higher than I did.

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