Saturday, December 12, 2009

Film Pick...Small Change

In an effort to improve my French language skills, I rent a lot of French movies and watch them with the subtitles off. I've found that it's easier for me to understand certain people better than others: children, the elderly, and non-native speakers.

That's partly why I enjoyed this Francois Truffaut film about children, but it's certainly not the only reason. Filmed in 1976, it's a collage of scenes depicting children of a small French village, Thiers. I like it because the kids are refreshingly real and downright unfashionable, scruffy little ragamuffins. The film tells their stories from their point of view. Some of the stories are light and funny, and some show children dealing with their own private struggles.

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