Matilda

Matilda

By Danny DeVito - 1h38 - 1996 (United States)
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Matilda
Audience 6+

Synopsis

Serious, inquisitive and intelligent, Matilda is a child with outstanding knowledge and she is nothing like her parents. Raised by a father and mother who are as stupid as they are nasty, she is instead nurtured by her teacher, whose influence helps her to blossom and try to change the course of her life...

Benshi's review
Benshi's review

Twenty-three years ago a little girl named Matilda burst on to our screens. Even though much time has passed since then, the endearing story of this gifted child has not been forgotten... Matilda, by the famous but very discreet American director Danny DeVito, is a mischievous tribute to childhood. This cult comedy from the 90s plunges us into the daily existence of a precocious girl who struggles to feel like she belongs in her family. Why is she so ill-at-ease? Because her parents are stupid and uncaring and pay no attention to her ingenuity. To overcome her deep loneliness, young Matilda seeks refuge in books. This passion gives her nourishment and helps her to grow. Determined to escape the oppressive family atmosphere, Matilda leaves for school very early. This adventure leads to a special bond between the child and her teacher, Miss Candy. Matilda is an ingenious comedy based on the 1980 book of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film stays faithful to the book's story about childhood, extolling the virtues of this amazing child character. The young girl with the insatiable appetite for books is brought to life by Mara Wilson (who made her name with her performance in Mrs Doubtfire). Naturally it is a brilliant success! Matilda is an irresistible, slightly dark fable that makes us laugh, smile and sometimes feel a little melancholic when it comes to Miss Candy's story. But behind this fantasy-filled comedy, there is a really entertaining, magical and supremely subtle fairytale that charms adults and children alike. For more than an hour and a half we are glued to the screen as we watch this little girl's stirring fight to break free from her family environment and to try to be loved for what she truly is.

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Top reasons to watch this film !

  • 1 A modern fairytale, simultaneously funny, subtle and magical
  • 2 The way the film stays very faithful to the book on which it is based
  • 3 A surprising and endearing heroine
  • 4 All the colourful characters

Who is it aimed at ?

From age 6. The absurd character of Matilda's parents may disturb very young viewers so we recommend this film for children age 6 and over.

Themes and topics

Difference Family Magic
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