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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism


An extraordinary study in loss, featuring a spellbinding turn by four-year-old Victoire Thivisol.

Image from Ponette

France 1996
Dir Jacques Doillon
With Victoire Thivisol, Xavier Beauvois, Delphine Schiltz, Matiaz Bureau Caton
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Jacques Doillon’s unflinching film follows four-year-old Ponette (Thivisol) in the weeks after she survived a car crash that killed her mother. In the care of her father (Beauvois) and other members of her family, she gradually comes to terms with the loss. Thivisol (controversially, given her very young age) won the Best Actress prize at Venice for her heartbreaking performance.


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