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23 Ratings

Little Tickles

Les chatouilles

France, 2018


8-year-old Odette likes to dance and to draw. Why would she be scared of one of her parents’ friends who asks her to play the “little tickles” game? Once she has grown up, she opens up and dedicates herself fully to her career as a dancer, simultaneously embracing life and letting go of her anger.

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Little Tickles Directed by Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2018 | Un Certain Regard

César Awards

2019 | 8 nominations including: Meilleur premier film

2019 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actress

Chicago International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Roger Ebert Award

Critics reviews

The filmmaking, though energetic, can tend toward blandness, and some of the supporting characters are thin — Odette’s mother especially is almost cartoonishly villainous in her casual cruelty toward her daughter. But there is a sense in which this spiky, occasionally soapy but ultimately deeply moving film draws power from its raggedness.
July 10, 2018
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The story is honest and well observed. Through dance, the spoken word and, indeed, through film, Odette is able to tell her own truth, and so Les Chatouilles is as much an ode to the restorative powers of the arts as it is an unflinching exploration of abuse and therapy. Confident and startling debut, Bescond and Métayer’s film will make you laugh and cry.
May 21, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Superfrog's rating of the film Little Tickles

    Probablement le plus beau film que j'ai vu ces 12 derniers mois. Un mélange d'une histoire qui mérite d'être racontée, d'une narration géniale dans le format, l'imagination et le rythme, d'un tas d'émotions et de scènes bien faites entrecoupées par des scènes de danse bien faites ( alors que je suis notoirement insensible au format). Un dernier quart un peu moins pechu mais important

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