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17 Ratings

Poil de carotte

Directed by Julien Duvivier
France, 1925
Silent, Drama


François Lepic has come to spend his holidays with his parents in the Morvan region. He is twelve years old, has red hair and his face is covered with freckles : he is nicknamed Poil de Carotte. The last born of the family, he is hated by his tyrannical mother…

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Poil de carotte Directed by Julien Duvivier
Poil de Carotte," a sound remake of a 1925 silent film, is utterly different [from “David Golder”] in style and tone, although also impressive in its use of music and overlapping sound, and distinguished by its performances (notably by the 12-year-old Robert Lynen, later a martyr of the French Resistance, as the rejected “carrot top”).
January 22, 2016
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As he did with the opulent manors of David Golder, Duvivier keenly captures the exact opposite in Poil de Carotte, his penchant for long establishing shots and serenely roaming camera movements a perfect complement to the expansive countryside locales and antiquated farmhouses perched across the landscape. Despite the sun-dappled settings and generally carefree tone, the film builds to an unforgettably harrowing climax
November 20, 2015
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The contrast of idyllic farm landscapes with the cute kid’s death fantasies makes for an unusually unsettling kid’s movie. This mix of fairy tale and nightmare becomes most pronounced in a beautiful shot by a lake, where Carrot Top and his little girlfriend stand by the water. He tells her he cannot marry her because he is going to kill himself. She agrees it is the right decision.
November 10, 2015
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