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Un Enfant Dans La Foule

Un Enfant Dans La Foule

Un Enfant Dans La Foule

1976 / 85min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: GéRARD BLAIN

CAST: CéSAR CHAVEAU, ANNIE KOVAKS

One of the great lost masterpieces of 1970s French cinema, Un enfant dans la foule (“a child in the crowd”) takes place in Nazi-occupied France, where young Paul (César Chaveau) is forced to fend for himself after being abandoned by his parents, picked up by men on the street and performing small jobs for German soldiers before drifting from collaboration into the Resistance. Partially based on the director’s own wartime childhood, Blain’s film employs Bressonian restraint in its vision of a world whose unremitting harshness places the film’s fleeting moments of compassion and connection in powerful relief.

Screening as a part of our Gérard Blain series.