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Ponette (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 March 1997 (USA)
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A four-year-old girl tries to come to terms with the sudden death of her mother.

Director:

Jacques Doillon

Writers:

Jacques Doillon, Brune Compagnon (scenario collaborator: for first draft)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Victoire Thivisol ... Ponette
Delphine Schiltz Delphine Schiltz ... Delphine
Matiaz Bureau Caton Matiaz Bureau Caton ... Matiaz
Léopoldine Serre Léopoldine Serre ... Ada
Marie Trintignant ... La mère
Xavier Beauvois ... Le père
Claire Nebout Claire Nebout ... La tante
Aurélie Vérillon Aurélie Vérillon ... Aurélie
Henri Berthon Henri Berthon ... L'Instituteur
Carla Ibled Carla Ibled ... Carla
Luckie Royer Luckie Royer ... Luce
Antoine du Merle Antoine du Merle ... Antoine
Marianne Favre Marianne Favre ... Marianne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hadrien Bouvier Hadrien Bouvier ... Extra
Benjamin Lemaire Benjamin Lemaire ... Anthony
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Storyline

An extremely captivating movie on how a little girl copes with her mother's death. She withdraws from all the people around her, waiting for her mother to come back. She tries waiting, and when her mother still doesn't appear, tries magic chants, praying to God, and then becoming a child of God, to have some power over Him. All to no avail. But then, when she is in despair, her mother does come back ... Written by Rahul Dodhia <rdodhia@psych.columbia.edu>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ponette See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,300,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,300,377
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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The magic spell the kids say, "Ta'ali Takum", is actually the "Talitha koum" of Jesus. In Mark 5:41, Jesus says the phrase "Talitha koum" (Aramaic for "Little girl, get up") to a dead girl, when he resurrects her. See more »

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In the cemetery scene, Ponette is shown piling dirt onto her legs as she kneels beside the grave. In the next shot, her legs have no dirt and her pants are clean. See more »

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Matiaz: Ponette's waiting for her mom.
La tante: It's just a game.
Matiaz: No, she's really waiting.
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Poignant and powerful depiction of a child's attempt to cope with grief.
19 October 1998 | by Jason-38See all my reviews

Even on home video, PONETTE retains its remarkable power. It remains one of the most haunting and affecting studies of childhood on film. Victoire Thivisol's performance in the title role continues to be moving and totally disarming. It's a rare talent that can carry an emotionally demanding role in a film in which the lead appears in nearly every scene. The fact that it is a four year old child is simply staggering.

If there is any ground for complaint about the DVD release, it's the fact that the film appears in "Standard Format" instead of a full ratio Widescreen edition. In any event, PONETTE is a welcome addition to my DVD collection. In fact, it is a title that I wouldn't want to be without.


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