The Hedgehog
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Inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, The Hedgehog is the timely story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father's old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (Josiane Balasko). When Paloma's camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renée's back room, and that the often gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""The Hedgehog" sneaks up on you with its heartfelt storytelling and sophisticated wit."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This a movie with such a light, stylish touch, it makes no claims to profundity and is a sweetly hopeful experience."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"11-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) is rich, precocious and extremely judgmental in the way that only a privileged child can be."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"... it's Josiane Balasko that makes it work."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Portrayed by Balasko with nuance, grace, intelligence and humor, Renee is a quietly terrific portrait of a deserving, dynamic woman who has long gone unnoticed."
‑ Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner
"A satisfying emotional experience."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
""The Hedgehog" is a treat: a movie that's smart, grown-up, wry and deeply moving."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A French drama that finds its power in the little moments."
‑ Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Balasko's performance is the highlight, as she breathes believable inner life into the stock character of the lonely, embittered widow."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"With her film, Achache achieves a rare thing: She is faithful to the spirit of a terrific book but finds ways to make it come alive on film."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A reminder that, sometimes, the movies can get a beloved book exactly right."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Enchantment will go a long way toward overcoming implausibility, but there's not enough of the former here - and far too much of the latter."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Le Guillermic is fine in this calm comedy of subverted exteriors and expectations, but it's the remarkably unpretentious -- earthy, even -- Balasko who anchors Achache's adaptation."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A darkly comedic broadside aimed at stuffy French elitism."
‑ Brent Simon,
"A charming performance by young Garance Le Guillermic proves key to the success of Mona Achache's adaptation of the popular Muriel Barbery novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
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