Le Petit Nicolas (Original French Version with English Subtitles)
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The film's story revolves around "Little Nicolas," a happy, good-natured and sensitive boy who loves his parents, and a group of his unique friends (mostly boys). No one, not even their dedicated (and kind) teacher or the pompous school superintendent, can stop the ever-resourceful children from having fun. They are not rude. They are not disobedient. The boys are just having a good time, doing their best to do something good for friends. It is only that their "good" is not exactly what most adults would think. For these boys, hiring a gangster over the phone is nothing special.
Set in the 50s-like nostalgic world, the film has two main stories: one about Nicolas's (groundless) fear of being abandoned by his own parents; the other about Nicolas's parents arranging a dinner with his hard-working father's boss for his promotion. These two storylines, both unpredictable and interspersed with amusing episodes, keeps a brisk pace throughout, before it concludes with a nice finale.
The 91-minute film is helmed by Laurent Tirard, whose works as director includes an engaging romantic comedy "Molière." With its unanimously fine cast and skillful storytelling (that sometimes becomes pleasantly satirical), "Le petit Nicolas" keeps you entertained until the end. Also, a very creative opening credit animation should not be missed.
Gérard Jugnot, star of "Les choristes," (2004) appears briefly in the chorus scene.
Nicolas (an enchanting performance by serious faced Maxime Godart) mistakenly assumes his mother is pregnant and is afraid he will be abandoned and unwanted when the new baby arrives. With his goofy collection of young friends he embarks on various plans to get rid of the baby.
Meanwhile, his parents are worried about money, trying to climb the social ladder, currying favour with Nicolas's father's boss - a hilarious dinner party scene, where you know every single gag before it happens, but delight in the infectious, witty performances.
This really is a totally feel-good film, but done with great wit and style, by all performers.
It is the quirkiness, the great look of the film, the expertise of the performances and somehow a lack of saccharine sentimentality that make this so good.
French Film, English subtitles, 91 minutes. This really is a film that can be enjoyed by both children AND adults. In patronises neither audience, nor does it indulge or overplay its feel-good nature. The length of the film is just right and stops the good jokes and set pieces from overstaying their welcome
I received this as a free review copy
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I love this film, it is the perfect movie for French learners to watch. Many points of this film are pulled from French culture and literature.Published 2 days ago by Nikos
Cute movie to watch with your children. Available in French with English subtitles or in English.Published 1 month ago by Alexia C.
Fantastic and not just for kids. Funny, touching, and universal.Published 2 months ago by Libby Griffith
This is based of the classic literature "Le Petit Nicolas." (more specifically the chapter "on a eu l'inspecteur. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicole
This is a little gem of a video. The acting is perfect in this enjoyable comedy. Nicholas's facial expressions and body language are a delight. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ronald Smith