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The sugary film our critic was surprised to like

The sugary film our critic was surprised to like — Truffaut’s ”Small Change” was sweet but not sickening, says Lisa Schwarzbaum

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Small Change: Everett Collection

The sugary film our critic was surprised to like

What film do you love in a genre you normally don’t love? — Marie Britton Turner

High-glucose dramas about winning little kids tend to give me tooth decay. But Francois Truffaut’s 1976 ”L’Argent de Poche” — called ”Small Change” in the U.S., but better translated as ”Pocket Money” — captures childhood with humor, wisdom, and a delicious lack of preciousness.

Why do critics use phrases like ”He’s one of our best young actors…”? What does ”our” refer to? Hollywood? America? The human race? — Jim Blanchard

Snarky question? Not really. By making their work public, actors open themselves to a relationship with their audience — i.e., you, me, we who pay money to watch them act. Since I write for a primarily American readership of smart, hip, discerning, and exceptionally good-looking people, I assume that ”our” actors work for ”us.” In France, of course, nos meilleurs jeunes acteurs probably doesn’t include Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire.

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