Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite (2001)

Original Title : Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite
Director : Pascale Bailly
Writer : Pascale Bailly
Alain Tasma
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Georges Benayoun , Christine Gozlan , Françoise Guglielmi , Alain Sarde
Music : Stéphane Malca
Photography : Antoine Roch
IMDB ID : 0287986
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Audrey Tautou Michèle
Edouard Baer François
Julie Depardieu Valérie
Catherine Jacob Evelyne
Philippe Laudenbach Jean
Cathy Verney Florence
Anna Koch Régine
Anna Koch Régine


Michèle, 20 years old, feels terrible after having broken up with her boy-friend. She meets Francois, who's a veterinarian and jewish. Michèle decides to convert into Judaism because she has to believe in something, if not in someone.


Audrey Tautou stars in a so-so comedy If Amelie had not been released prior to Dieu est Grand, this film would not have had the same exposure... And it's no surprise. The plot is simple though entertaining, a young girl (Tautou) searches for spirituality in religion and love. Having gone through Catholicism, Buddhism, she meets a Jew (Edouard Baer) and falls in love for him and Judaism... Well, I understood it like this, and I don't think religion plays a great part anyway. It is just a pretext for funny scenes and as a way to show some depth to the character. Parts of the film are extremely funny, revolving around religion (misunderstandings...) and family troubles (Catherine Jacob as the mom is astounding as usual). However the film drags a bit on the conversion to Judaism and loses the edge in the end completely. All in all, entertaining, light, but certainly not unforgettable... People who loved Amelie (like myself) will like it for the wonderful Audrey Tautou: she makes the plot ticks by herself. Not to forget Edouard Baer -a renowned and funny TV presenter (he hosts the French Oscar ceremony)- who is charming and credible when he could have overplayed his part easily! My rate: 6-7/10
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