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Enfance Nue

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Movie from the point of view of a foster child. April 17 2011
By D. Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm usually not big on movies that one has to read but this one was well worth it especially if you are interested in adoption or providing foster care to a troubled child. This movie follows a severely emotionally/behaviorally disturbed child through the foster care system until he finally finds a family that starts meeting his needs. What I liked about the movie is that it didn't fall into any stereotypes in which they made the boy look evil like most adoption movies do. I hate seeing movies that show adopted/foster children like they are demons. With that said, this movie was truthful about behaviors that these children display: self injury, animal cruelty, stealing, fighting, violence etc. The only difference is that it also showed that the boy had a good heart too. Every adopted and foster child I have taken care of deep down had a good heart regardless of the behavior they showed. They were just hurt and trying to find their way in this cruel world. They were basically lost, "Naked" emotionally. About 3/4th through the movie, one can see the boy start smiling for the first time and connecting. That family helped that boy become a better person even though he still struggled with making proper decisions. The foster mother kept stating she didn't know what to do about him but she kept repeating, "He has a good heart." Great movie and that last statement basically sums it up.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The bare truth of childhood: no sentiments no stereotypes Sept. 1 2010
By Dina Nadeem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A wonderful film that depicts the complicated emotional turbulence of a foster child and the hypocrisy of the modern social system that can provide everything to such children but love.Maurice Pialat is a great director.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Maurice Pialat's debut Jan. 10 2011
By Ted - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film

L'Enfance nue, or "Naked Childhood" in English is about an orphaned boy who wanders from foster home to foster home. I found this film to have some impressive realism and similar to a number of other French films of the era.

The DVD includes interviews with cast and crew, a making-of documentary, and a video essay about the film. Also included is a short documentary about the suburbs of Paris called, "L'amour existe"

This is an interesting film and recommended for fans of "The 400 Blows"
Tragic, Yet Hartwarming. May 28 2012
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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L'enfance Nue is about ten year old François (Michel Terrazon) who has just recently been taken from a foster home and put into the lives of yet another family. We get the sense, from his reaction, that this is not something new. François is problem child, to say the least, and takes his anger out by vandalism and killing animals, which is very extreme. Yet there is something about François that makes him likable, funnily enough. We see, in certain scenes, that he indeed has a good heart, and all he wants to do is be loved and accepted by the people around him. The ending gives us a glimpse of hope for this child, and will leave you with a sense of emptiness after watching. However, that is not to say the emptiness is bad. On the contrary, the emptiness is what you should feel, for you feel how poor little François feels and finally can understand the pain and loneliness he has been going through all along. This movie did a wonderful job at tugging my heartstring and bringing out emotions that made me feel and care about the main character in a profound way. Such a good movie!
Beautiful film March 23 2012
By Nicolas W. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is in my top five favorite Criterion Collection releases. I love films that portray frank realism because it reflects how life really is, no sugar-coating. L'enfance nue is not your average cinematic storytelling. The dialogue in the film at times seems a little monotone, the scenes transition through sharp cuts, and yes, there is a scene of animal violence in the first ten minutes of the film... But there is something more important to focus on - the psychology of the troubled foster child, Francois. He at times seems void of feeling, but as you continue to watch, he's merely concealing himself. Francois's brutal moments are brought on by repressed anger from being abandoned, but as the film goes on unexpected tender moments occur from Francois in the most minimalistic ways. It also should be noted that the grandfather and grandmother foster parents in the film are not real actors but actual foster parents, which I feel adds to the films charm, realism, and appeal. To dismiss the film for a scene of animal violence is pretty shallow in my opinion. All of Maurice Pialat's are somewhat stark, and it's important to understand his style and what distinguished him as a filmmaker.

Also included in the Criterion DVD is a insightful 50 minute documentary on foster children in France that was made just after the film's release.

This is an honest and beautiful film. It's best to not judge Francois, but actually see him. Far more difficult to do, though far more rewarding.