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99 Ratings

The Little Gangster

Le petit criminel

Directed by Jacques Doillon
France, 1990


Marc, a troubled teenager, becomes aware of the existence of a sister he has never met. Armed with a pistol his mother found, he goes out to find his sister. After stealing money from a shop, he is stopped by a policeman. Marc threatens his with his gun and demands that he helps him in his search.

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The Little Gangster Directed by Jacques Doillon

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1991 | Winner: OCIC Award

1991 | Special Mention

César Awards

1991 | Winner: Most Promising Actor

1991 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

As the film continues both Doillon and Thomassin discover aching depths without which the film would have collapsed, mainly those found in brooding silence. Many of Thomassin’s most powerful scenes see him sitting or thinking in silence as the soundtrack straight from a ‘50s noir quivers in the background. It’s as if he finds comfort in his own insignificance and unimportance, or is at the very least used to it.
August 14, 2018
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