Demi-tarif

French actress Isild Le Besco (Sade, Right Now) has been working in movies since she was 14, so her fascination with the secret world of childhood in this handmade 2003 video seems natural enough. Three young children left alone for days on end by their mother—a prostitute, according to one school-yard taunt—fend for themselves in their apartment and run wild in the streets, shoplifting and sneaking into movies. Le Besco supplies sparing, subtitled voice-over from the kids' perspective, but their dialogue is unsubtitled, which adds to the sense of a private world. Filmmaker Chris Marker has hyperbolically compared this to Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless for its “physical sense of freshness and urgency,” an appraisal that reflects the kids' limitless energy more than Le Besco's craft. In French with subtitles. 63 min.

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