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Big City

Big City
Manon Chevallier

Manon Chevallier

Screen Time: 5%
Role: petite fille de Banjo
Age: 8 years old
Vincent Valladon

Vincent Valladon

Screen Time: 85%
Role: James Wayne
Age: 12 years old
Manon Tournier

Manon Tournier

Screen Time: 25%
Role: Betty Wilson
Age: 12 years old
Paolina Biguine

Paolina Biguine

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Deborah White
Age: 11 years old
Raphaël Boshart

Raphaël Boshart

Screen Time: 25%
Role: Quick
Age: 12 years old
Charlie Quatrefages

Charlie Quatrefages

Screen Time: 65%
Role: Nicole
Age: 9 years old
Claire Bouanich

Claire Bouanich

Screen Time: 45%
Role: Miss Robinson
Age: 11 years old

 

Big City

2007
Rating: 8 (1 votes)
Directed: Djamel Bensalah
Country: France
Language: French
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Musical, Westerns
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865868

Summary

The story unfurls in the American Old West of the 1880s, where the town of the title strives for wealth and prosperity. When a number of adult immigrants are attacked by bellicose Indians, the children of the community find themselves alone (save one remaining grown-up) and promptly decide to take over the town.

Movie Reviews

French kids play Cowboys and Indians, and they mean it!

This is an odd one. All throughout France, Europe and the world this little film has been misunderstood. Kids play like adults in America's 19th century wild west, and they play it with a twist. There's romance, war, racism, corruption, torture and death, which, although mildly depicted in (in most cases) a humorous way, is not quite standard family flick material. Not even in France.

But there are more layers. You know, this is also a satire on how idiotic grown-ups are, a satire of Hollywood westerns, and it's even a musical! The director and producers took great risks, and from this point of view, this is certainly interesting cinema. The children play their roles quite sincerely, there's little cheesiness, and the humor is subtle enough for adults to be appreciated. It has been shot in Bulgaria (!?). Go see it if you get the chance, you're in for a surprise.