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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

L’Enfance nue

Fortnight 2003, Feature film, 1H25mn

Synopsis

François, a 10 year old child of the Public Assistance system, is sent away by a foster family that can no longer handle the trouble he causes. He finds a refuge in the affection of an elderly couple, but its not enough to cure him of his mean reflexes and brutal habits. Finally sent to a Medical-Pedagogical institute, what will become of him?

Director

Maurice Pialat

Born in 1925 in Auvergne, Maurice Pialat discovered cinema as a child in the Paris suburbs. He was a passionate painter and theatre actor, and by the 60s began making short films and documentaries, as well as working as an assistant director and editor for cinema and TV. His first of 10 features was 1969’s L’enfance nue (Naked Childhood). Sous le Soleil de Satan won the 1987 Palme d’or. He worked with actors like Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Marceau and Sandrine Bonnaire, exploring the themes of turmoil in the childhood, the family and the couple. He died on January 11, 2003 at the age of 77.

Linda Gutenberg
Marie-Louise Thierry
Maurice Coussonnea
Michel Tarrazon
Raoul Billerey

Screenplay
Arlette Langman, Maurice Pialat

Image
Claude Beausoleil

Sound
Henri Moline