The Wild Child (L’Enfant Sauvage)

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(out of 5)


Another work of beauty from the great Francois Truffaut. He plays a doctor and teacher of deaf-mutes who takes it upon himself to educate a child who is found roaming the woods in 1798 France. The boy has apparently been defending itself since infancy and has no form of civilized behaviour, neither physically nor emotionally, but his benefactor’s diligence and the love of his kindly housekeeper somehow work at shaping him into something a little more recognizably human throughout this bewitching film. Shot in dreamy black and white by the late, great Nestor Almendros, it has moments of wonder and heartbreaking elegance, and features a superbly convincing performance by the adolescent in the title role.


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France, 1970

Directed by

Scenario, adaptation and dialogue by , Francois Truffaut, based on the memoir and report Victor de l’Aveyron by

Cinematography by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Screenplay (Jean Gruault, Francois Truffaut)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography (Nestor Almendros)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Director (Francois Truffaut)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Director (Francois Truffaut)
Best Foreign Language Film


WildChild

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