OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

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L'Argent de poche

(Small Change)

Must-See Cinema! Truffaut's reflections on the innocence of youth

Poster artwork for re-issue of L'Argent de poche (Small Change)Children – so long, so sentimentally, so horrendously, and so profitably exploited by movies as inadequate, miniature imitations of adults – are rediscovered, their lost language intact, in Francois Truffaut’s Small Change, a lilting, marvelously funny and wise recreation of childhood.

Small Change is an original, a major work in minor keys. It’s a labour of love that ignores precedent with splendid verve and a film with so many associations to other Truffaut films that watching it is like meeting a previously unknown relative, someone both familiar and utterly new and surprising, It has the air of a child’s Saturday afternoon when no special activities have been planned. It ambles through the lives of these children, observing them in school, at home, going to the movies, making do on a Sunday morning when parents sleep late, trying to pawn some textbooks, making painful and hilarious discoveries that, by the time we reach the end, have encompassed most of the ordinary expressions of childhood in ways not possible in the conventional fiction film.

– Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Thiers, la classe de Mme Petit. Patrick est amoureux de la mère de son copain. Julien habite dans un meublé avec une mère et une grand-mère acariâtres. Autour d’eux, leurs copains de classe vivent de petites aventures...

Après L’Histoire d’Adèle H., Truffaut tourne un film opposé : une collection de vignettes, petites saynètes sur des enfants ordinaires, joués par des non-professionnels. Le scénario échappe à la mièvrerie. Car Truffaut aime et respecte ses petits héros : ce qu’ils vivent a autant d’importance que ce que pourraient vivre des adultes, l’innocence en plus. Si le film est léger, il y a, au fond, une relative gravité. Cousin du jeune Antoine Doinel, Julien fait partie de ces gamins à qui on vole le meilleur d’eux-mêmes, leur enfance. Une fois de plus, Truffaut a mis dans cette oeuvre mineure, mais très attachante, ses propres repères autobiographiques.” 

  – Aurélien Ferenczi, Télérama

Rare screening! This print is on loan from the U.S. and must be returned after our shows!

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