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Year: 2009
UK: CineFile
Cast: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet, Ariane Ascaride, Wladimir Yordanoff, Sarah Le Picard, Jean-Luc Porraz, Gisele Casadesus, Mona Heftre, Samuel Achache
Valerie Karsenti
Director: Mona Achache
Countries: France / Italy
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 100 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains suicide theme
UK Release Date: 2 September 2011 (Limited Release)

Official UK website


From first-time writer/director Mona Achache and based on the international best-selling novel by Muriel Barbery, THE HEDGEHOG stars 11 year-old Garance Le Guillermic, as Paloma Josse, who wants to end it all on her 12th birthday.

Fascinated by art and philosophy, she documents her life and immediate circle, drawing trenchant and often hilarious observations on the world around her within a Parisian apartment building.

But as her birthday approaches, Paloma finally meets some kindred spirits in her solitary concierge Renee Michel (Josiane Balasko) and an enigmatic and elegant neighbour Mr Kakuro Ozu (Togo Igawa).

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