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Rated NR · 100 minutes · 2009

Comedy drama
We’re herded, rather than charmed, into sympathy for the three lonely main characters of this French “heartwarmer”: an unloved eleven-year-old girl (Garance Le Guillermic), the grumpy concierge of the building (Josiane Balasko), and the new tenant, a gentle widower from Japan (Togo Igawa). The coyness clots in this self-congratulatory drama, adapted from Muriel Barbery’s novel by writer-director Mona Achache. It’s dishonest and cynical, a particularly gross case of exploitation disguised as a touchy-feely candy-bar feast of emotion. Beware. (98 min.)


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Director: Mona Achache
Producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint
Cast: Josiane Balasko, Togo Igawa, Garance Guillermic, Anne Brochet, Ariane Ascaride, Wladimir Yordanoff, Jean-Luc Porraz, Gisèle Casadesus, Mona Heftre, Valérie Karsenti, Sarah Lepicard and Achache Samuel

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