THE HEDGEHOG

Directed by Mona Achache
US release date: August 11, 2011

NeoClassics Films Ltd. presents The Hedgehog, a film by Mona Achache inspired by Muriel Barbery’s New York Times bestseller The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

The Hedgehog is the timely story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic), a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father’s old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (French Twist’s Josiane Balasko). When Paloma’s camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renée’s back room, and that the often gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As the unlikely friendship deepens, Paloma’s own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect.

Running time: 98 min – 35mm – SRD-DTS-(SCOPE) — French with English Subtitles.

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