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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 Charles Benjamin Charles ... Anthony (as Benjamin Lemaire)
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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

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 »

Quotes

Ponette: I'm waiting for my mommy.
Matiaz: Dead people don't come back.
Ponette: Jesus did it for his friends. I'm more than a friend. I'm my mommy's daughter.
Matiaz: Grandpa never came back.
Ponette: That's because no one was waiting for him.
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A child's pain, up close and personal!
13 March 2001 | by pjl-7See all my reviews

Nobody watching this film can failed to be touched, moved, transported and transformed by it. Others here have already expressed the enormous power of the movie, and particularly of its star, Victoire Thivisol. If you're reading this to see if you should watch it, I'd say, drop everything and go buy it so you can watch it over and over. But buy a case of Kleenex (TM) too, you're going to need them!

As I watched the movie, I had the impression that director Jacques Doillon had simply found a real-life tragedy and somehow followed the participants through it with his camera. Nothing in this film gives you the impression of having been written, scripted, staged, produced. It is all so completely natural that you experience first hand the pain, the emotional agony of Ponette, as if she were your own daughter, your own sister, even your own self.


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