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Argent de Poche, L' (1976)

Original Title : Argent de poche, L'
Director : François Truffaut
Writer : François Truffaut
Suzanne Schiffman
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : François Truffaut
Music : Maurice Jaubert
Charles Trenet
Photography : Pierre-William Glenn
IMDB ID : 0074152
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Argent de Poche, L' (1976) - François Truffaut
 

Starring

Nicole Félix Grégory's mother (as Nicole Felix
Chantal Mercier Chantal Petit, the Schoolteacher
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Richet, the Schoolteacher (as Jean-François Stevenin
Virginie Thévenet Lydie Richet (as Virginie Thevenet
Tania Torrens Nadine Riffle, hairdresser
René Barnerias Monsieur Desmouceaux, Patrick's father
Katy Carayon Sylvie's Mother
Jean-Marie Carayon Police inspector, Sylvie's father
Annie Chevaldonne Nurse
Francis Devlaeminck Monsieur Riffle, hairdresser, Laurent's father
Michel Dissart Monsieur Lomay, constable
Michele Heyraud Madame Deluca
Paul Heyraud Monsieur Deluca
Jeanne Lobre Julien's grandmother (as Jane Lobre
Vincent Touly Concierge
Claudio De Luca Mathieu Deluca
Franck De Luca Franck Deluca
Laurent Devlæminck Laurent Riffle
Bruno Staab Bruno Rouillard
Sylvie Grezel Sylvie
Richard Golfier Richard Golfier
Corinne Boucart Corinne
Eva Truffaut Patricia
Sebastien Marc Oscar
Philippe Goldmann Julien Leclou
Pascale Bruchon Martine
Georges Desmouceaux Patrick Desmouceaux (as Geory Desmouceaux
Grégory Little Grégory (as Le petit Gregory
Marcel Berbert Headmaster (uncredited
Yvon Boutina Oscar, adult (uncredited
Monique Dury Florist (uncredited
Jean-Francis Gondre Oscar's father (uncredited
Hélène Jeanbrau Doctor (uncredited
Christian Lentretien Monsieur Golfier, Richard's father (uncredited
Thi-Loan Nguyen People from Thiers (uncredited
Christine Pellé Madame Leclou, Julien's mother (uncredited
Roland Thénot People from Thiers (uncredited
François Truffaut Martine's Father (uncredited
Laura Truffaut Madeleine Doinel, Oscar's mother (uncredited
 

Plot

In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another mom reaches out to Patrick, a motherless lad who is just discovering the opposite sex. Patrick befriends Julien, a new student who lives in poverty with his mother and has a terrible secret. Bruno shows his friends how to chat up girls. Sylvie stages a witty protest against her parents. Brothers give a friend a haircut. A toddler falls from a window and is unhurt. Everybody goes to the cinema. At camp, Martine catches Patrick's eye. A teacher explains: "Life is hard, but it's wonderful."
 

Comments

This is a beautiful movie. It portrays the drama of childhood very realistically and accurately captures the workings of children's minds as they try to make sense of a world that seems tremendously confusing at times. The film deals with all aspects of childhood, from school cafeterias to child abuse, without much adult interpretation of the events. For the most part Truffault is an observer who simply takes the world of these children for what it is: an incomplete, thus innocent, mysterious reality to be figured out by the children in due time. The only time in the movie where he does not do this is the speech by the teacher towards the end of the movie about childrens' rights and the formation of a childrens' political party or some such nonsense (very French--I suppose all French movies must have a "French" moment or two, so all is forgiven). That having been said, this movie is brilliant and Truffault remains a master, in my eyes.
 
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