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Small Change

Small Change

A Feature film by François Truffaut

Produced by Simar Films, Les Productions Artistes Associés, Les films du Carrosse

Release in France : 17/03/1976

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In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another mom reaches out to Patrick, a motherless lad who is just discovering the opposite sex. Patrick befriends Julien, a new student who lives in poverty with his mother and has a terrible secret. Bruno shows his friends how to chat up girls. Sylvie stages a witty protest against her parents. Brothers give a friend a haircut. A toddler falls from a window and is unhurt. Everybody goes to the cinema. At camp, Martine catches Patrick's eye. A teacher explains: "Life is hard, but it's wonderful."

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Small Change (French: L'Argent de poche) is a 1976 French film directed by François Truffaut. The title translates to "Pocket Money" from French, but since there was a Paul Newman movie called Pocket Money, Steven Spielberg suggested the title Small Change for US release.[citation needed] In English-speaking countries outside North America the film is known as "Pocket Money". The film had a total of 1,810,280 admissions in France making it one of Truffaut's most successful films.

When released, Small Change amassed critical acclaim. It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. Vincent Canby of the New York Times called Small Change, "an original, a major work in minor keys" and Pauline Kael described it as , "that rarity, a poetic comedy that's really funny." Roger Ebert named it his favorite of the year, calling it a "magical film" and singled out the windowsill scene as "Truffaut at his best." Leonard Maltin gave the movie four stars (out of four) and called it "wise, witty and perceptive." The film was also entered into the 26th Berlin International Film Festival.

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Small Change

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Full credits (13)

Assistant directors :

Alain Maline, Suzanne Schiffman

Producer :

François Truffaut

Director of Photography :

Pierre-William Glenn

Production managers :

Marcel Berbert, Roland Thénot

Assistant editors :

Jean Gargonne, Muriel Zeleny, Stéphanie Granel

Production Designer :

Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko

Costume designer :

Monique Dury

Dialogue Writers :

François Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman

Screenwriters :

François Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman

Sound recordists :

Michel Laurent, Michel Brethez, Jacques Maumont

Editors :

Yann Dedet, Martine Barraqué

Continuity supervisor :

Christine Pellé

Music Composer :

Maurice Jaubert

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 44 min

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Festival Selections (2)

Berlin International Film Festival - 1976

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1976)


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Berlin International Film Festival - 1976

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1976)

Awards (2)

"Berliner Morgenpost" Readers' Prize

OCIC Award - Recommendation