Naked Childhood (L'Enfance nue)

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In this children's drama, a 10-year old boy becomes deeply troubled after his mother abandons him and he must go through a series of foster families. He finally finds one and finds himself befriended by a kindly grandmother with whom he really bonds. Unfortunately, she suddenly dies, and the boy is unable to cope. He begins causing trouble and winds up in a special school. Fortunately, he knows that he can return to the family when he is released. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Naked Childhood (L'Enfance nue)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

  • The film plays like the work of a bitterly angry man, and, indeed, the set was a battleground for cast and crew. The resulting four-hour yawp of fury was cut down to this eighty-three-minute glint of menace.

    Jan 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Maurice] Pialat is doing something that movies rarely do any more: tell a simple, touching story warmly, straight.

    Jan 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Maurice Pialat's first feature film is an unmistakable and strong link to the elliptical, almost-vérité tradition of contemporary filmmaking

    Aug 27, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • No frills, just facts as the film hurtles along with breakneck efficiency.

    Aug 27, 2010 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • It conceives of characters not in the terms of the typical cinematic narrative, but rather as spontaneous beings, seemingly unpredictable even to themselves.

    Aug 28, 2009 | Rating: 82/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Naked Childhood (L'Enfance nue)

  • Jun 04, 2013
    very strong and heartbreaking film. an almost documentary look at a foster child and his troubles
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2011
    An underrated debut. Childhood is seen through the unpredictability factor, where motives and consequences cannot be foreseen even by the protagonists. That's a very accurate approach. The world is a giant lab and the boy's incapacity to conform when he is blindfolded from his past is a strong inner motive, although you may not label it as justifiable. The abruptness of the ending mirrors how spontaneous changes occur in us. Finally, the ending explains itself. 92/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2011
    In "L'Enfance Nue," Simone(Linda Gutemberg) and Robert Joigny(Raoul Billerey) at one time thought adding a foster child to their family would be a good idea, especially as it would mean their daughter Josette(Pierrette Deplanque) would no longer have to grow up alone. That was before they took in Francois(Michel Terrazon) who they can no longer put up with, especially in the wake of his petty thievery and marking his territory. Killing the family cat is the final straw and the authorities take him back. Soon afterwards, he is placed with an older couple(Marie-Louise Thierry and Rene Thierry) who have plenty of experience with foster children. "L'Enfance Nue" is an understated social drama whose target is the foster care system in France at the time the film was made. It should be pointed out that there are no villains; everybody is trying to do the right thing, just out of their depths.(That having been said, heaven help you if you are black and want to be adopted.) That doesn't mean children do not suffer and I think Francois is a prime example of that. While he does awful things, he is not totally bad and is capable of thoughtfulness like the farewell gift for Simone. And it is telling that Francois Truffaut is one of the producers(about the only time he was a producer on a film he did not direct, by the way) in that it shares his preoccupation with lost children, the subjects of two of his best films, "The 400 Blows" and "Small Change."
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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