Monday, February 20, 2012

The Hedgehog (Le Herisson) - Directed by Mona Achache

Written and directed by Mona Achache
From the novel Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Garance Le Guillermic 
Josiane Balasko
Togo Igawa

Inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, The Hedgehog is the timely story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father's old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (Josiane Balasko). When Paloma's camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renée's back room, and that the often gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As the unlikely friendship deepens, Paloma's own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect. -- (C) NeoClassics Films


From the soundtrack: Mademoiselle Paloma

Author of the book:
Muriel Barbery
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