Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: L’Enfant Sauvage
France, 1970. Les Artistes Associes, Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes. Scenario, adaptation and dialogue by Jean Gruault, Francois Truffaut, based on the memoir and report Victor de l’Aveyron by Jean Itard. Cinematography by Nestor Almendros. Music by Antoine Duhamel. Production Design by Jean Mandaroux. Costume Design by Gitt Magrini. Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.
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.