Le Petit Nicolas (2009)

There are few French children’s books that have proved popular outside of France – Le Petit Prince may well be the most successful – but thanks to this big screen adaptation, based on one of René Goscinny’s beloved oeuvres, kids and adults alike will no longer be so quick to move along the library aisles and ignore the shenanigans of young Nicolas.

Taking its cue from the books, Le Petit Nicolas follows the titular character and his comrades on their day-to-day adventures as they get up to all kinds of mischief in the name of childhood. Add to that a desperate housewife, an ode to Les Choristes, and an animated opening sequence illustrating just why we love Jean-Jacques Sempé and you have yourself a humorous, charming petit film for all.

3/5

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