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Small Change

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Original title
L'argent de poche (Pocket Money)
Running time
105 min.
France France
François Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman
Pierre-William Glenn
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Les Films Du Carrosse / Les Productions Artistes Associés
Comedy. Drama | Childhood. Education. Schools & University. Small Town Life (Non-North American). Ensemble Film
Synopsis / Plot
Small Change is an episodic comedy drama composed of several sequences that explore childhood in director François Truffaut's signature humanistic style. Filmed in Thiers in South Central France, each vignette is seen from the point of view of a kid from two weeks to 14 years old. There is no real plot, just little scenes flowing together dealing with personal joys and pains of the children in a small town. While most of the issues are simple and lighthearted, some of the kids have a harder time growing up. A few choice moments involve a double date at the movies, brothers who give a friend a haircut, and a toddler who falls from a window. Patrick discovers girls and helps care for his father, Sylvie rebels against her parents, and Julien comes from a painful home life. While mostly focusing on developing the personal perspectives of children, adults get some screen time to share their wisdom.
1976: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
1976: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Film
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