A Little Romance (1979)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBFrance/USA, 1979, , Screenplay by , based on the novel E=mc2 Mon Amour by Cinematography by Produced by , Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by

is irresistibly charming as a young Paris teen who loves movies and, during a class tour of a museum, takes advantage of the opportunity to wander onto the set of one being shot there. He is ejected from the set rather quickly, but not before he meets a girl (Diane Lane in her film debut) whose mother (Sally Kellerman) is assisting the hot shot director. The two kids strike up a friendship that quickly buds into young love, spending as much time together as possible when she is not dealing with her mother’s disapproval and he’s not having to abide his taxicab father’s crooked ways. When she finds out that she’ll be moving back to the States in a few weeks, she begs her new friend to take her to Venice so that they can experience a perfect kiss together in the most romantic city in the world. Aided by a kindly older gentleman (Laurence Olivier) that they have met in the park, the two set off on an adventure that is directed to delicate perfection by George Roy Hill, here making his most endearing film involving youngsters since The World of Henry Orient. Both stars are convincing as preternaturally intelligent kids (Lane’s character likes to read Heidegger and it’s easy to believe), while the preposterous nature of the story, sort of a more international version of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, is easy to swallow thanks to the light touch by both Hill and screenwriter Allan Burns (adapting the novel E=mc2 Mon Amour by Claude Klotz under the alias Patrick Cauvin). A lovely film that has aged beautifully.

Academy Award:  Best Original Score
Nomination: Best Adapted Screenplay

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actor (Laurence Olivier); Best Original Score

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