Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Although this movie was made only a year ago, I am confident that almost no one here saw it and so I am counting it as a forgotten movie.
It was a wonderful film that did justice to the novel on which it was based. I think one mistake was in changing the title, which made it even less familiar to those who read Muriel Barbery's fantastic novel, THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG.
Mona Achache directed this charming, sad, realistic story of an eleven-year old girl who is bored beyond reason, Rene, the superintendent in her building, who is secretly the world's most prolific reader, and the Japanese gentleman who moves in upstairs, The three kindred souls befriend each other.
The book was somewhat richer, but only because it was able to convey the Super's inner thoughts about her reading material. Other than that is was a nearly perfect transition from page to screen. But no one saw it. Please do.
What is your favorite print to screen translation?