The Dandelions: It’s not easy being a child!

The Dandelions, the second feature film by French director Carine Tardieu (who burst onto the scene in 2007 with In Mom’s Head), is available via video on demand from 1 September.

Adapted by the filmmaker from the book and graphic novel of the same name by Raphaële Moussafi (who co-wrote the script), the plot follows the adventures of Rachel Gladstein, a little girl of nine at the start of the 1980s, who sleeps fully dressed with her satchel. A child psychiatrist (Isabella Rossellini, Late Bloomers) conducts an investigation into the child’s daily routine, her life, her petty concerns and all the things that scare her, to a greater or lesser degree.

Agnès Jaoui (Under the RainbowThe Sweet Escape) and Denis Podalydès (Granny’s FuneralCamille Rewinds) play the charming but smothering parents of the little girl, and Judith Magre is her sick grandmother who shares her bedroom, while Isabelle Carré (Musical ChairsRomantics Anonymous) plays the single mother of her best friend, Juliette (Anna Lemarchand, who has appeared recently in the family comedies Daddy or Mommy and Qui c’est les plus forts).

“We were the same anxious little girls (like Rachel), sandwiched between parents who, while they wanted to do the best by us, did just the opposite,” director Tardieu explained. The Dandelions is a pleasantly nostalgic evocation of the directors’ own memories of the 1980s, when such pleasures as playing with Barbie dolls and suchlike replaced Facebook, when fashion wasn’t so important and when childhood was perhaps a little more carefree.

The Dandelions is a great family film with some excellent acting. It was released on French screens in summer 2012 and is currently available in the French Comedies collection in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Finland.

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Trailer in the UK:

28 September 2015, by Cineuropa