La Maternelle

  • 1932
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Renaud takes a job as a nurse in a children's day care center and befriends the lovable Elambert, who has been abandoned by her prostitute mother. The two grow fond of each other, but when Renaud announces her upcoming marriage, Elambert is deeply affected. The child proceeds to throw herself into the Seine in a suicide attempt, but is rescued. Directed...read more

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Renaud takes a job as a nurse in a children's day care center and befriends the lovable Elambert, who has been abandoned by her prostitute mother. The two grow fond of each other, but when Renaud announces her upcoming marriage, Elambert is deeply affected. The child proceeds to throw

herself into the Seine in a suicide attempt, but is rescued. Directed by the brother-and-sister team of Jean Benoit-Levy and Marie Epstein, the films falls flat at the point of the child's suicide attempt, an action so grossly unrealistic as to negate much of the masterpiece status this picture

had attained. The real greatness of this film comes not from its script or directors, but from the setting and the bright-eyed children who people it. Comprised mainly of nonactors, the children just beg to be photographed. Benoit-Levy directed this picture in the midst of over 400 educational

shorts from 1920 to 1940, finding his calling in his work for UNESCO in the mid 1940s.

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