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The Holy Child (2006)

Lambert Wilson , Marthe Villalonga , Stéphane Clavier  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lambert Wilson, Marthe Villalonga, Adrien Aumont, Agathe Teyssier, François Morel
  • Directors: Stéphane Clavier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Picture This Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002YLCPQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Marc (Lambert Wilson) is a 39-year-old Catholic priest, a model for his entire parish. Fully dedicated to his religious duties, he is one of the few enthusiastic advocates of priestly celibacy, having even written a book about it. Cherished by the media, he has become a star of sorts and is only too happy to serve God through his celebrity. But trouble comes knocking at his door one day, in the form of a smart-ass teen-ager who claims to be his son. Now Marc has a problem on his hands. He can't get rid of the little bastard, but he has no time for him either. To make matters worse, the kid smokes dope and the mother is in jail! So our good priest strikes a deal with his offspring: he will take care of him, but on condition of absolute secrecy. Inevitably the secret starts wearing thin! Moreover, Marc has trouble staying detached from his son and even more trouble not falling in love with the child's mother when she comes out of jail!

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of French Spirit Saves This Slight Story July 24, 2005
Le Divin enfant (HOLY CHILD) is a French made for television little film, written by Jean-Luc Goossens and directed by Stéphane Clavier, that is part of a series of films collectively titled 'Tales from the Orphanage', a series which opens the door to both the randy rowdiness of young boy orphans as well as the tender, needy emotions of children who land in collectives for one reason or the other. The constant seems to be the need for discovery of each child's roots or at least a return to the family so desperately needed for a child's maturing. In that way this series is both entertaining and touching.

THE HOLY CHILD focuses on one boy Dimitri (Adrien Aumont) who while somewhat of a malcontent in his orphanage longs for a life outside. He sees a priest on the television Père Marc Aubrey (Lambert Wilson), a priest well know in the media for his celebration of the benefits of chastity before marriage, and immediately identifies him from a saved photograph of him with his mother Martine (Agathe Teyssier), now in prison. Dmitri leaves the orphanage and appears in the church where Père Marc is officiating in Mass. Dressed as an acolyte he confronts Père Marc with the fact that Dmitri is his son. Père Marc is chagrined: how will this affect his public image of a bastion for chastity? Dmitri pleads his homelessness and Père Marc takes him home where Pere Marc's mother Mamitta (Marthe Villalonga) immediately offers her heart. Père Marc at last confesses to Dmitri that on the day before he took his vows of chastity as a priest he slept with Martine and agrees that he is indeed Dmitri's father. The two agree to keep the fact a secret, Dmitri lives with Père Marc and Mamitta and gradually the parish takes Dmitri into its fold.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts to grate as humour wears thin March 17, 2011
This is a well cast and well produced movie - I would not have thought it a telemovie but for Grady Harp's informative review from 2005. I think the cast works very well with what is a fairly predictable script - Lambert Wilson overplays his hand wildly, as does his dear old mum - and Adrien Aumont is just right as Dimitri - I could watch him all day.
Early in the piece I thought Maitre Aumont was going to give us a taste of Gregoire Colin in Olivier Olivier - but no such luck - the movie remained fairly pedestrian. But it does have a budget, and some fine actors as well.

I think this movie rates three and a half stars. No Special Features to speak of. English subtitles are good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars French can make a good comedy. June 11, 2014
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Surprised that was good comedy being a
French movie. Well acted and funny.
Great ending. I recommend this movie.
Worth owning.

ommend th

is movie.
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