Inspired by Muriel Barbery’s beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, comes the touching coming-of-age story ‘The Hedgehog’
Starring Josiane Balasko, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet and newcomer Garance Le Guillermic, ‘The Hedgehog’ is the touching coming-of-age story of Paloma, a gifted and expressive young girl bent on finding a way out of her cold bourgeois life. To accomplish this goal and achieve maximum dramatic effect, she sees no other solution but to end 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 her building’s dour, anti-social concierge, Renee Michel (Balasko, ‘French Twist’). The often gruff matron keeps a secret: an extensive library, a true passion for elegance, and a habit of reading Tolstoy to her cat Leo.
The arrival in the building of a mysterious man, Mr. Ozu (Igawa, ‘Memoirs Of A Geisha,’ ‘The Last Samurai’), transforms their world: Renee opens up to a renewed life, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors, and her own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect. (Source)
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