The Dandelions

The Dandelions  {Du vent dans mes mollets}
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The Dandelions
Du vent dans mes mollets
France, 2012, 89 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Jewish Interest, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Nine-year-old Rachel Gladstein lives with her adoring parents who smother her at every turn with an abundance of love and meatballs. Rachel sleeps with her school bag every night, anticipating the freedom going back to school will bring. Concerned for her mental health Rachel’s mother (Agnès Jaoui) sends her to see an eccentric child psychologist, amusingly played by Isabella Rossellini. However, it is a new school friend who breathes life into Rachel and her family.

Filled with a cast of funny and peculiar characters, The Dandelions tells a coming-of-age story with the levity and absurdity befitting of two young girls. Juliette Gombert is excellent as the sweet Rachel and newcomer Anna Lemarchand gives a refreshingly energetic turn as Valérie. The cast is beautifully rounded out by buoyant performances from Denis Podalydès and Agnès Jaoui (The Taste of Others) as Rachel’s parents.

DIRECTOR: Carine Tardieu
Producer: Antoine Gandaubert, Fabrice Goldstein, Antoine Rein
Editor: Reynald Bertrand, Nathalie Hubert, Sylvie Landra
Screenwriter: Raphaële Moussafir, Carine Tardieu
Cinematographer: Antoine Monod
Music: Eric Slabiak
Principal Cast: Juliette Gombert, Anna Lemarchand, Agnés Jaoui, Denis Podalydés, Isabelle Carré, Isabella Rosselini
Filmography: La tête de maman (2007)
Print Source: Gaumont


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