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Small Change (1976)

Cast: Geary Desmouceaux, Geary Desmouceaux, Jean-François Stévenin, more...
Director: François Truffaut, François Truffaut
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Coming of Age
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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L'Argent de Poche (Small Change) is an episodic comedy drama composed of several sequences that explore childhood in director François Truffaut's signature humanistic style. Filmed in Thiers in South Central France, each vignette is seen from the point of view of a kid from two weeks to 14 years old. There is no real plot, just little scenes flowing together dealing with personal joys and pains of the children in a small town. While most of the issues are simple and lighthearted, some of the kids have a harder time growing up. A few choice moments involve a double date at the movies, brothers who give a friend a haircut, and a toddler who falls from a window. Patrick (Georges Desmouceaux) discovers girls and helps care for his father, Sylvie (Sylvie Grizel) rebels against her parents, and Julien (Philippe Goldmann) comes from a painful home life. While mostly focusing on developing the personal perspectives of children, adults get some screen time to share their wisdom. The conclusion consists of a monologue from the schoolteacher, played by Jean-François Stévenin. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

One my favorite films by pstaylor75 May 11, 2005 - 10:34 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This is one of my favorite movies, and is one of the best portrayals of kids in any film. Like all Truffaut films, it is human and sentimental without being cloying or saccharine. Absolutely not to be missed.

Charming by jbeaumont February 24, 2004 - 6:39 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Ok it's a little silly and a little nostalgiac. But this is everything Felllini's Amarcord should've been. Watch for the very funny "I'm Hungry!" scene.

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