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The Hedgehog (Le Hérisson): Cedar Lee / Stone Oven



The movie starts at 2:10.


If you like rather offbeat but touching films, join us for The Elegance of the Hedgehog, inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller by Muriel Barbery.  The story is told in first person narratives by Paloma, a serious but deeply bored 11-year old who has decided to kill herself on her twelfth birthday, and by the concierge of her building, Renée.


In French, with English subtitles.


A moving story about love, life and the beauty of unexpected friendships. Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, who meets with society’s expectations of what a concierge should be; reliable though totally uncultured. But beneath this façade lies the real Renée: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers, with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Meanwhile, several floors up, eleven-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and in an effort to show how absurd her life is decides to film the people around her. But unknown to them both, a chance acquaintance with their elegant and enigmatic new neighbour, Mr Ozu, will change their lives forever.



Our post-film discussion will take place 2½ blocks south at The Stone Oven.  Look for us in the serving line or, if the temperature is comfortable, on the patio in back.



NOTE TO NEW MEMBERS:  The cost of membership to this Meetup group is $5.00 per year, which can be paid using Paypal (see Membership dues, above) or to Jims, the Organizer, at an event. 

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  • Lynda

    A touching film-- interesting to see life through the eyes of a precocious pre-teen. Well-done in my opinion; glad I went. So sorry about the power outage! I enjoyed having company for the waiting time, and the discussion after. Thanks Marnie, Sharon and Carol!

    October 3, 2011

  • Sharon

    Loved the movie and the company. Well worth the odyssey to finally get there. :-)

    October 2, 2011

  • Carol P.

    The movie was Great! The company was fantastic! The weather and the power outage demanded a lot of creativity to see around the negativity of it.

    October 2, 2011

  • Carol P.

    Power outage at Cedar Lee: Cleveland hts area. Theater may re-open at 4 if power is back. Some went to Beachwood place to wait to see if power returns.

    October 2, 2011

  • Lynda

    I had read the book and so wanted to see it at CIFF, but failed to get a ticket for the one showing.. Thank goodness for Cedar Lee!

    September 6, 2011

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