October 24, 2020

THE HEDGEHOG

Showing: Wednesday, April 11 – 8:00 PM
Title: The Hedgehog
Year: 2009
Country: France
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A Screenwriters Perspective, with JD Zeik, after the film. Paloma is a precocious 11-year-old Parisian. Disaffected and bored by her family’s bourgeois existence, she plans suicide on her 12th birthday. Her plot hits a snafu when she begins observing two eccentric adults living in her building. Their quirky authenticity and life force are the perfect antidotes to the malaise that grips this young cynic. France/Italy, 2009, 100 minutes, in French with English subtitles, inspired by the novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery

Winner, Seattle International Film Festival, 2010, Best Film

The Hedgehog is an exquisite, intimate film of restraint and delicacy.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“Its concept of vitality isn’t the popular cliché of kicking up your heels, breathing deeply and gorging on ice cream. It is an aesthete’s ideal of pursuing moments of ecstatic perfection in art and companionship. – Stephen Holden, The New York Times