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Small Change

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gentle French coming-of-age film is best for teens and up.

Movie PG 1976 104 minutes
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Though the pace is leisurely and the narrative little more than a string of vignettes, viewers can get hooked and feel by the end that they've been a part of this little town. Acclaimed French director Francois Truffaut made The 400 Blows, considered one of the best-ever dramas about painful male adolescence. SMALL CHANGE (actually called "L'Argent de poche," or "Pocket Money") is a less troubling portrayal of childhood, mixing moments of sweetness and comedy (not too far removed from the best of the Little Rascals) with more serious stuff and observations on how kids from toddlers to tweens interact and think. Truffaut cast non-professionals in a lot of the juvenile roles, and the acting quality varies wildly, but not a moment of it feels forced or phony.

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