The Hedgehog

Let Life In.
Le hérisson

Friday, August 19, 2011 in 7 theaters
August 26, 2011 Limited
On Blu-ray & DVD
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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MPAA Rating
NR Not Rated


The timely story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic), a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father’s old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (Josiane Balasko). When Paloma’s camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renée’s back room, and that the often gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As the unlikely friendship deepens, Paloma’s own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect. official plot version from

Additional Notes

  • Language - French. Inspired by the New York Times best-seller "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery.