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Cute beyond winsome, perfectly rescued by stylish, quirky charm

Petit NicolasSet in 60s France, all in poster bright cartoon colours and a rather anarchic, slapstick performance style, this is a child’s eye view of the world.

Nicolas (an enchanting performance by serious faced Maxime Godart) mistakenly assumes his mother is pregnant and is afraid he will be abandoned and unwanted when the new baby arrives. With his goofy collection of young friends he embarks on various plans to get rid of the baby.

Meanwhile, his parents are worried about money, trying to climb the social ladder, Maxime Godartcurrying favour with Nicolas’s father’s boss – a hilarious dinner party scene, where you know every single gag before it happens, but delight in the infectious, witty performances

This really is a totally feel-good film, but done with great wit and style, by all performers.

It is the quirkiness, the great look of the film, the expertise of the performances and somehow a lack of saccharine sentimentality that make this so good. I also appreciated the homely, rumpled, real lived in faces of the adult cast ((Valerie Lemercier and Kad Merad as Nicolas’ mama and papa appear innocent of a cosmetic surgeon’s knife!Nicolas family )

French Film, English subtitles, 91 minutes. Director Laurent Tirard. This really is a film that can be enjoyed by both children AND adults. In patronises neither audience, nor does it indulge or overplay its feel-good nature. The length of the film is just right and stops the good jokes and set pieces from overstaying their welcome
Petit Nicolas Amazon UK
Petit Nicolas Amazon USA

I received this as a review copy from the Amazon Vine Programme