La Petite Bande (1983)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Adventure  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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This children's fantasy tale by Michel Deville was inspired by a real-life drama of some British schoolchildren who smuggled themselves into France and had quite a good time until the police eventually caught them. In this version, three girls and four boys living in London hop on a car transporter without a penny between them, and once at the English Channel, they sneak onto the ferry for the ride across. After reaching France, some menacing figures start to loom larger than life: a tattooed nun, a priest riding around in a Rolls-Royce, and a family of pirates. The children have several adventures but in the end must escape from this motley crew of strange people -- out to experiment on them with their diabolical aging machine. As this film turns gradually into a fantasy, the scripting and action are less inspired -- the adult writers may have needed more of a child's imagination.

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rampage, rescue, search, boredom, Britain, chase, countryside, France, on-the-road, police, runaway [from home], schoolchildren, stowaway