The Wild Child

As in Francois Truffaut's THE 400 BLOWS and SMALL CHANGE, THE WILD CHILD is devoted to the perceptual honesty and education of children. In this case, director and star Truffaut has made a deceptively clear and simple picture on the classic subject (Romulus and Remus, Tarzan) of the socialization of a boy discovered in the forest. Based on an actual case...read more

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As in Francois Truffaut's THE 400 BLOWS and SMALL CHANGE, THE WILD CHILD is devoted to the perceptual honesty and education of children. In this case, director and star Truffaut has made a deceptively clear and simple picture on the classic subject (Romulus and Remus, Tarzan) of the

socialization of a boy discovered in the forest. Based on an actual case study published in 1806, THE WILD CHILD stars Jean-Pierre Cargol as Victor, a long-haired nature boy who, apparently abandoned in the woods by his parents years earlier, is found and placed in the Institute for the Deaf and

Dumb in Paris. The boy is treated as a perverse outcast and freak, but Jean Itard (Truffaut), a patient and enlightened doctor, intervenes and cares for the child in his country home rather than allow him to be sent to an asylum. Raised in an orphanage himself, Truffaut had an affinity for

children that was expressed in nearly all his pictures. Probably the director's most ambitious film, THE WILD CHILD spins a modern myth with resonances for parents and children, teachers and students, and even filmmakers, actors and audiences. Its concern with language and images mirrors the

longstanding French philosophical interest in linguistics, and through it all Truffaut examines the many issues at hand with warmth, concern and wisdom.

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