Inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, THE HEDGEHOG is 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, Renee Michel (FRENCH TWIST's Josiane Balasko). When Paloma's camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renee'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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
An exquisite, intimate film of restraint and delicacy.Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 08.18.2011
The film's moral can be distilled in the famous E. M. Forster dictum from "Howards End": "only connect." This endearing, if somewhat twee, movie gently reminds you of its truth.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 08.18.2011
The Hedgehog is not exactly a naturalistic drama, and its winsome charm and annoying contrivance are thoroughly intertwined.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 08.18.2011
Enchantment will go a long way toward overcoming implausibility, but there's not enough of the former here - and far too much of the latter.Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, 09.16.2011