The Hedgehog (2011)
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Inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, The Hedgehog is the timely story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) 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, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (Josiane Balasko). When Paloma's camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renée's back room,
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"The Hedgehog" sneaks up on you with its heartfelt storytelling and sophisticated wit.
A reminder that, sometimes, the movies can get a beloved book exactly right.
This a movie with such a light, stylish touch, it makes no claims to profundity and is a sweetly hopeful experience.
"The Hedgehog" is a treat: a movie that's smart, grown-up, wry and deeply moving.
Enchantment will go a long way toward overcoming implausibility, but there's not enough of the former here - and far too much of the latter.
11-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) is rich, precocious and extremely judgmental in the way that only a privileged child can be.
Le Guillermic is fine in this calm comedy of subverted exteriors and expectations, but it's the remarkably unpretentious -- earthy, even -- Balasko who anchors Achache's adaptation.
Balasko's performance is the highlight, as she breathes believable inner life into the stock character of the lonely, embittered widow.
Portrayed by Balasko with nuance, grace, intelligence and humor, Renee is a quietly terrific portrait of a deserving, dynamic woman who has long gone unnoticed.
With her film, Achache achieves a rare thing: She is faithful to the spirit of a terrific book but finds ways to make it come alive on film.
A charming performance by young Garance Le Guillermic proves key to the success of Mona Achache's adaptation of the popular Muriel Barbery novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
It's a brisk, touching comedy with a deliberately shocking climax and attractive performances from Josiane Balasko and Togo Igawa as the two people who change Paloma's understanding of life.
It's some feat for this gentle French drama to overcome the device of an impossibly precocious, camcorder-wielding 11-year-old narrator (Garance Le Guillermic), who has secret plans to commit suicide on her next birthday.
This film's main attraction is the terrific Balasko. She is so watchable that one almost forgets about the awful Paloma and her video camera.
The fate of a goldfish provides a subplot in a film strong on tender characterisation and rather wishful about the remedies for loneliness.
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- Solange Josse: When I was little, I thought we got a number of words to say at birth and once we used them all up, we'd be struck dumb. For me, mutes didn't get their allocation of words.
- Paloma Josse: My very own Everest is showing how life is absurd, my life and the life of others.
- Paloma Josse: For a long time now I've known, my final destination is the fishbowl.
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