The Hedgehog

Rated NR 100 minutes 2009

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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