Un Sac de Billes

Film, Drama

Time Out says

Doillon's facility for extracting astonishing, apparently spontaneous performances from child players presumably explains his involvement in this adaptation of Joseph Joffo's autobiographical best-seller, describing the experiences of a Jewish family during the Occupation. Always on the move, pretending to be Catholic, to be Algerian, splitting up and reuniting, never safe: the family's adventures are nothing if not affecting. But for Doillon, with his evident loathing of 'big scenes' and push-button responses, the film becomes an exercise in deflection, with all the obvious drama pushed into the background, the children's games and fantasies or a confusion over some orange juice taking precedence over Nazis, police raids and so on. The material may have been uncongenial, but Doillon does his honourable best by it.


Release details

99 mins

Cast and crew

Jacques Doillon
Jacques Doillon, Denis Ferraris
Richard Constantini
Paul-Eric Schulmann
Joseph Goldenberg
Reine Bartève
Michel Robin
Dieter Schidor
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