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The Hedgehog

The Hedgehog

The Hedgehog

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet, Ariane Ascaride

year: 2009

colour: yes

certificate: TBC

director: Mona Achache

runtime: 100

Renée is a concierge in Paris – reliable though totally uncultured. But beneath this façade lies the real Renée: passionate about the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers, with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Meanwhile, several floors up, eleven-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her. But unknown to them both, a chance acquaintance with their enigmatic new neighbour, Mr Ozu, will change their lives forever. Adapted from Muriel Barbery's best-selling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

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