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Ponette (1996)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

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A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; Ponette survives, but her mother does not. Her father (Xavier Beauvois) initially reacts with anger over his late wife's careless driving, while her Aunt Claire (Claire Nebout) tries to comfort the child by telling her about Jesus and the resurrection.

Unrated,

Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Jacques Doillon

Jun 10, 1998

Wellspring Media Inc.

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (2)

... as powerful a film as has been made about the interior life of children.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Outstanding study of troubled child

August 24, 2004
Film Journal International

The kind of intimate drama that stops you in your tracks and leaves you marveling at the magnificence of the human soul.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for Ponette

I have no idea how Jacques Doillon managed to get such sincere performances out of 4 year old children (especially Victoire Thivisol) but Bravo Jacques, Bravo!
January 29, 2012
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Randy Tippy

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This movie is so beautiful and touching. the star (Victoire Thivisol) is an AMAZING actress, The performances (especially the children's) are so real and natural that it's almost like watching a documentary.
June 1, 2007
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Robert C

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A truly touching movie with brilliant acting by some of the most talented young actors I've ever seen. At the time this French film was produced, its protagonist was played by a 4-year old actress who carries this film on her small shoulders and carries it extremely well and better than most adult actors can only dream of carrying a film. The story is of an extremely sad nature and is very telling of how amazing these tiny thespians really are. To be able to act in a drama that deals with loss and tragedy and demands them to express a great amount of emotion not only showcases talent, but sucks you into the lives of these characters and makes you feel what they feel. By empathizing with a little thing like Ponette, you really feel for her and root for her until the very end. NOTE: French with English subtitles.
July 16, 2006
flickfever

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Victoire Thivisol gives such an amazing performance for such a young actress. I really loved the emotion protrayed in this film and the story was well-written. The director really brought it to life realistically I think... except for the end which went against everything in the beginning that people don't come back to life, except Jesus, until the rapture when everyone is resurrected. I really liked how the aunt was comforting Ponette but the other people in the movie who talked about God really got on my nerves... especially Ada, the girl on the playground. One of the best French films I've seen! :-)
June 16, 2011
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