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The Giraffe's Neck (2004)

Le cou de la girafe (original title)
Mathilde (Louisa Pili), a precocious 10-year-old, insists that her grandfather, Paul (Claude Rich), help her find his ex-wife (Mathilde's maternal grandmother), Madeleine (Monique Melinand)... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Hélène
Claude Rich ... Paul
Louisa Pili ... Mathilde
Darry Cowl ... Léo
Philippe Leroy ... Maxime (as Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu)
Maurice Chevit Maurice Chevit ... Maurice
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Madeleine
Marie Mergey Marie Mergey ... Émilie
Geneviève Rey-Penchenat Geneviève Rey-Penchenat ... Marguerite (as Geneviève Penchenat)
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... M. Achraf
Françoise Jamet Françoise Jamet ... Lucie
Sarah Boreo Sarah Boreo ... Renée
Arlette Didier Arlette Didier ... Josette
Stéphane Bissot ... Stéphanie
Frédéric Gorny Frédéric Gorny ... L'inspecteur


Mathilde (Louisa Pili), a precocious 10-year-old, insists that her grandfather, Paul (Claude Rich), help her find his ex-wife (Mathilde's maternal grandmother), Madeleine (Monique Melinand), who ran off years ago. With only the letters that Madeleine wrote to her daughter and granddaughter to guide them, they journey from Paris to Spain looking for her. Meanwhile, when Mathilde's mother, Helene (Sandrine Bonnaire), who's spent her whole life hating Madeleine, discovers what they're up to, she joins in on the search.

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Release Date:

29 September 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A zsiráf nyaka See more »


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Rich story-telling
20 November 2008 | by threeJaneSee all my reviews

This is such a rich story that it could entertain and succeed in several ways, depending on your point of view. It's a story about old age, about family relationships, and wise characters who know when to stay quiet.

For myself, it was a story of how children can trick you, or charm you, or drag you kicking and screaming out of your comfort zone. And where did they learn to do all this? From none other than ourselves, when we did it to them. Still, they seem to be so much better at it than us; our comfort zones are so much more rusted into place.

Just an observation: Why are middle-aged heroines in French films so often called Helene?

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