L'Enfance nue

by Maurice Pialat 1h22min France 1967
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L'Enfance nue
by Maurice Pialat

François, a ten-year-old, abandoned child, was entrusted to the foster-care system. He lives with a host family in Lens in northern France: the Joignys who have a daughter, Josette. François usually gets into trouble and is even cruel to the family cat. Tired of his incontrollable behavior, the Joignys call the special educator and ask him to find a new home for François. François is then sent to live with an elderly couple, the Thierrys, the husband of which is a former resistance fighter and a retired miner. At "Gram and Pap's," François discovers a whole new family with a fifteen-year-old boy, Raoul, who is also a child of the French foster-car system. François seems to fit into this warm family. Yet once again, he commits new offenses, so he is sent to a rehabilitation center. The Thierrys receive a letter from him, in which he promises to do his best to return home for Christmas.

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  • Raoul Billerey : Robert Joigny
  • Michel Tarrazon : François
  • Linda Gutemberg : Simone Joigny
  • Pierrette Delplanque : Josette
  • And with: Marie-Louise Thierry, René Thierry, Marie Marc, Henri Puff, Claire Thierry, Maurice Coussonneau


  • Director Maurice Pialat
  • Scenario Maurice Pialat, Arlette Langmann
  • Photo director Claude Beausoleil
  • Sound Henri Moline
  • Producer François Truffaut, Guy Benier, Mag Bodard, Véra Belmont, Claude Berri
  • Production Compagny Les Films du Carrosse, Parafrance, Parc Films, Renn Productions, Stephan Films

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1967
  • Release date for France01/25/1969
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageFrench


  1. Venice Film Festival 1968 

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