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Le Petit Nicolas

January 25, 2010

“Le petit Nicolas” (2009) (Official Website here.) is the first screen adaptation of  the classic French children’s books about the tales of the mischievous 7-year-old. Originally created by author René Goscinny and illustrator Jean-Jacques Sempé, the story was published for the first time in 1959. Nicholas is an illustration of an ideal childhood and a nostalgic memory of the 1950s.

The humour of the books derives from their unique story-telling style: the adventures of Little Nicolas are told in the first person by Nicolas himself. On the one hand, the books are a parody of the story-telling habits of little children; for example, the author makes frequent use of stylistic features such as run-on sentences and employs an egocentric, naive point of view. On the other hand, adults are the targets of the books’ humour when the straightforward and uncomplicated worldview of the child narrator exposes the flaws of adult perception. The subversive element in the Petit Nicolas thus made it an early example of modern children’s literature that is centred around the experience of the child, rather than an adult interpretation of the world. (Wikipedia)

The red sweater vest, tailored school boy uniforms, colourful kitchen and the great furniture… This movie is full of joy and cuteness.

Also remember this film?  The Red Balloon. (1956).


5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2010 9:26 pm

    so cute!!

  2. February 10, 2010 6:35 pm

    I can’t wait to see this movie! I used to read these stories before going to sleep.. ahh childhood memories 🙂
    This will definetely become a classic in french movie history.
    Thanks for the great news!

  3. February 20, 2010 1:46 am

    this looks amazing! i read petit nicolas in french class when i was younger…it was always entertaining!

  4. February 23, 2010 9:20 pm

    this movie looks so great!

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  5. Valerie Lai permalink
    February 24, 2010 12:19 am

    LOL so damn cute!

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