Le Cou de la girafe (2004)
aka: The Giraffe's Neck
A film directed by Safy Nebbou

Genre: Comedy / Drama


Since her parents' separation, nine-year-old Mathilde lives with her mother Hélène. Her only true friend is her grandfather, who is confined to a nursing home. One day, whilst rummaging in a mattress, Mathilde finds a letter addressed to Paul from his former wife, who left when Hélène was ten. One night, she goes to visit Paul and persuades him to track down his ex-wife...
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Film Review

Yet another a barrel load of syrupy sentimentality from a first-time film director involving a child and her grandfather doing highly improbable, and slightly disturbing, things together. There's a lot of talent on both sides of the camera (but very little in the script department), yet this is largely wasted since the end result is a soggy mush of unconvincing triple strength saccharine that would be hilarious if it wasn't so painful to watch.

Our overall rating for Le Cou de la girafe is: mediocre - watchable, but not unless you have something better to do,

Other recommended films that have been directed by Safy Nebbou include: Enfances (2008), L'Empreinte (2008), L'Autre Dumas (2010) and Comme un homme (2012). The actor Sandrine Bonnaire has also appeared in: Les Innocents (1987), Monsieur Hire (1989), Secret défense (1998) and L'Empreinte (2008).

Other comedy/drama films of the 2000s from France that you may be interested in are: Jérôme Bonnell's Le Chignon d'Olga (2002), Michel Blanc's Embrassez qui vous voudrez (2002), Lola Doillon's Et toi t'es sur qui? (2007), Lucas Belvaux's La Raison du plus faible (2006) and Michel Gondry's La Science des rêves (2006).

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Film Credits

  • Director: Safy Nebbou
  • Script: Safy Nebbou, Agnès Yobregat, Danièle Thompson
  • Photo: Romain Winding
  • Music: Pascal Gaigne
  • Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire (Hélène), Claude Rich (Paul), Louisa Pili (Mathilde), Darry Cowl (Léo), Philippe Leroy (Maxime), Maurice Chevit (Maurice), Monique Mélinand (Madeleine), Marie Mergey (Émilie), Geneviève Rey-Penchenat (Marguerite), Paul Pavel (M. Achraf), Françoise Jamet (Lucie), Sarah Boreo (Renée), Arlette Didier (Josette), Stéphane Bissot (Stéphanie), Frédéric Gorny (L'inspecteur), Marie-Julie Baup (La jeune fille du train), Sophie Dewulf (Leïla), Vincent Darré (Le contrôleur SNCF), Agnès Yobregat (L'infirmière), Florence de Mont (La jeune libraire), Christian Loustau (Le patron de la librairie), Safy Nebbou (Le chauffeur de taxi), Sophie Pellitteri (La standardiste), Julie Boulanger (Clotilde), Guy Labadens (Le réceptionniste)
  • Country: France / Belgium
  • Language: French / Italian / Spanish
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 84 min
  • Aka: The Giraffe's Neck
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