The Hedgehog 2011 UNRATED

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(76) IMDb 7.4/10
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Inspired by Muriel Barbery's beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, comes the touching coming- of-age story THE HEDGEHOG. THE HEDGEHOG was the winner of the Seattle International Film Festival Space Needle Award for Best Picture as well as the FilmFest DC and Col-Coa Film Festival Audience Winner.

Starring:
Josiane Balasko, Guarance LeGuillermic
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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The Hedgehog

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Mona Achache
Starring Josiane Balasko, Guarance LeGuillermic
Supporting actors Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet, Ariane Ascaride, Wladimir Yordanoff, Sarah Lepicard, Jean-Luc Porraz, Gisèle Casadesus, Mona Heftre, Samuel Achache, Valérie Karsenti, Stéphan Wojtowicz, Isabelle Sobelmann, Chantal Banlier, Jeanne Candel, Miyako Ribola, Nao Inazawa
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating Unrated
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Great acting and very good story.
E. A. Bevilacqua
This film, based on the novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, is delightful and captures the quirkiness of the characters very well.
S. Holman
This is a bittersweet story, set in Paris, about a young girl who wants to end her life at age twelve.
Geraldine Ahearn

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By E. K. B. on July 30, 2011
Format: DVD
bluntreview (dot) com says: France is usually the place to find small amazing films. This is no exception. The Hedgehog tiptoes through a few lives. The lens and players quietly sharing moments that ultimately ad up to a film that leaves you feeling...literally feeling. And these days saying a film raised an emotion (other than excitement due to an energetic edit or hyper sound system) says a lot.

Story goes...Little Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) is facing another birthday. She will be twelve. She has decided not to be twelve. She is planning to kill herself as she feels death is nothing. Paloma is a deeply introverted brooding - but charming - child.

She is also a rich child in a rich home. Her family is busy with their own dramas (imagined and real). They know Paloma is there, but not who she is.

With her father's old video camera Paloma begins to document what she has determined will be her last 165 days. A child of Nietzsche-esque tendencies Paloma is a suffering being who feels she is destined to grow into nothing. She shall be just another being stuck in the rut of life, as exposed as some insignificant little goldfish wallowing in a privacy-free bowl.

Above her own swanky apartment home's level a neighbor has died. In their place comes a gentle Japanese man (Togo Igawa).

Unlike the other residents, he is immediately intrigued with the building's janitor Renee (Josiane Balasko ). The two seemingly yin and yang souls dare to cross "classes." A reserved kinship is explored; friendship and "what ever they want it to be."

Young Paloma has also just recently noticed Renee. Not simply as subject matter for her film, or the building's frumpy janitor, but as a woman with a secret...
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on May 24, 2012
Format: DVD
This very French, life-affirming film about the unlikely friendship between a precocious 11 year old determined to end her life on her 12th birthday and the gruff super or concierge of the Parisian building in which her family lives caught me by surprise. Based on Muriel Barbery's "The Elegance of the Hedgehog," this film gets everything just about right as the young girl discovers that life itself holds secrets if one risks connecting with another. Even if that person has a harsh, gruff exterior. This terrifically entertaining movie plays with darkness, light and grace.
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Something there is about little French films that is like discovering a free-floating water lily in a quiet stream: it approaches you, shares it lovely scent as it passed, and then continues on out of sight, leaving you warmly happy at the privilege of observing a gentle bit of nature if only for a moment. THE HEDGEHOG does just that. Mona Achache directs her screen play adapted from the novel "L'élégance du hérisson" by Muriel Barbery, casts an impeccable group of actors who bring to life this tale of how serendipitous nods of love can alter lives.

The title comes form the definition of a hedgehog as a prickly-on- the-outside, cuddly-on-the-inside critter that is often misjudged. And that definition applies to several characters in the story though it is most directly connected to bourgeoisie apartment house concierge Renee Michel (Josiane Balasko), a middle-aged and sour hermit who lives to mop the floor, distribute mail, and to give you a wary eye to passersby. The building is inhabited by rich people, a fact we learn from the narrator of the story - Paloma Josse (Garance Le Guillermic), an eleven-year-old girl disturbed by her privileged life in Paris. Her father Paul (Wladimir Yordanoff) is distracted by his government job while her mother Solange (Anne Brochet) drinks champagne with anti-depressants while talking to her plants, and her sister Colombe (Sarah Le Picard) focuses her shallow life on a pet goldfish. She decides she will kill herself in 165 days on her 12th birthday and begins to document the hypocrisy of the adults in her apartment building with her father's old 8mm camcorder.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Calcano on October 31, 2010
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I read the book and today I watch the movie. Both are excellent, something rarely seen. It's a story about waking up to life, sprinkled with colorful and deep reflections. Highly recommend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Edward Wulterkens on March 4, 2013
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This wonderful film is horribly mutilated in the DVD version. My wife and I saw it in a theater and thought it delightful. Then we saw it again in this chopped-up version. The art on the walls is truncated. Even worse, a tender scene between father and daughter is cut so to pieces, one misses the point of the scene. The story line about the sister doesn't make sense. Why put something out if you're going to hack it to pieces? Yes, there was still a lot to like, but this butchery makes no sense and it's an injustice to the people who created it with such love.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Dixon on January 25, 2011
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The movie is cute, fun, and a decent retelling of the book. It's a good look at a different side of France, and it's nice to have heroines who don't look flawless but still have class and are really far more interesting and compelling overall. Which is essentially the point of the book, and the movie conveys that well enough. The soundtrack is quite lovely, too.

At one point, it was cheaper to buy this via Amazon.ca, but the price has come down enough that it's not worth doing that anymore.
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