Demi tarif 2003
1h 3min | Drama | 11 February 2004 (France)
Demi-Tarif follows the low-key adventures of three young siblings, Romeo (Kolia Litscher), Launa (Lila Salet), and the youngest, Leo (Cindy David), left on their own in a rundown Paris apartment. One of them narrates, wistfully explaining how their mother abandoned them and calls them once in a while to see how they are doing or tell them she loves them. The three kids do as they please, roaming the streets, running out of restaurants without paying for food, and shoplifting from the local grocery store. They eat whatever and whenever they want, gorging themselves on sweets. They beg for change on the Metro and show up late for school in tattered, dirty clothes. All the while, they try to keep the fact that they are alone a secret from the world of adults.
While watching this Movie, I was repeatably thinking about, if this Movie was a live-documentation or all set up… But more then this I did like this fine feeling of the director for the kids – amazing! Only a few movies are able, to let me feel like a child again; this one did the best. I mean, I just did not only remember my childhood, with this movie, I really was a child while watching it! Finally, the movie gives you such a close look into happily unhappy child’s that you don’t know, if you should smile or cry… If someone does not understand this movie and walked out, then he or she should take a closer look to all the awards of the director an then think again – maybe not the movie is wrong, but maybe the one who walked out? Just great! Thanks for that movie!
Director: Isild Le Besco
Writer: Isild Le Besco
Stars: Cindy David, Kolia Litscher, Lila Salet