My Little Princess

Synopsis: Violetta is raised by her grandmother. Her mother Hanna tries to make a living on taking photographs and concentrates on her dreams to become a famous artist. In order to succeed as an artist she doesn't worry about dating men of questionable reputation.[5] Only every now and then her mother visits her daughter but during these occasions it occurs to her that her daughter could be a potential model. She starts exploiting her daughter who by transforming into a kind of Lolita becomes increasingly alienated from other children of her age.[6] At school she is eventually frequently insulted and rejected.[7] Then Mamie dies and Hannah's photographs are about to unequivocally overstep the line of acceptability.[8][9] Hanna even coerces Violetta mercilessly into cooperation by withholding her food in case she doesn't agree to pose for increasingly daring photographs.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Eva Ionesco
Production: X-Verleih AG
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
105 min


Hello, my loves.


- Is it you, Mom?

- I said I'd be back.

You're the prettiest mom.

Oh, thank you.

- Leaving already?

- I'm going out.

You're going out at night?

Exclusively at night.

I just came by for a kiss.

Mom, don't go.

- We've no food.

- I can't stay with that up there.

We've no money.

My love!

Mommy will be back, darling.

Is that all there is?

We could've gone on credit.

That's nonsense.

You think Mom will return?

With your mother, we never know.

I'm sure she'll come back.

At ten, she'll be back...

One, two, three...

four, five, six...

Marlene Dietrich had hollow cheeks.

Listen. Do you want to know why?

Because she had her molars

and wisdom teeth removed.

I'm going to be

like Marlene Dietrich.

That way we'll both eat

only marble cake dipped in milk.

- No, stop.

- Come on, yes.

- Stop, Marlene Dietrich.

- Go on.

- My love!

- It's Marlene.

It's Mom.

Hello, Hanna.

Thanks for the money.

Don't touch that.

It's valuable.

This is your gift.

And this...

is my gift.

What's wrong?

Who gave you all that?

You're too old for photography.

Oh, stop. My head hurts.

Are you in any trouble?

I won't tell you

since I can't talk to anyone here.

If your feet hurt, sit down.

You're irritating me.

Thank you.

Go and criticize her.

She's out relaxing,

sipping on cocktails

with her billionaire lovers.

If only you worked.

As if expression through images

wasn't work.

It's the most beautiful,

sacred thing.

I'm going to make it.

I'll make it.

- Leave me.

- Why not?

Why? Why can't I exist, too?

I'm human, not a dog.

That's not nice. At all.

I'm scared of coming here.

I hardly dare coming.

I know you'll torment me.

It takes a day to recover,

like being hammered on the head.

She wrote to me.

I'd just like you to respond to her.

Why do you hang

my mother's portrait up?

You forget you threw

my mother out when she was...

pregnant at 15.

Don't tell me you've forgotten.

Violetta, listen.

Someone was nasty to Grandma

when she was young.

When she was very attractive.

She blames me now.

Right, Grandma? No?

Am I wrong or right?

Please, leave the child

out of all this.

Let's be calm. Everything's fine.

Besides, she's mine.

Then why did you leave

the two of us alone for so long?

For all these months. Why? Why?

Stop, Grandma. Get up.

Get up, Grandma.

Enough is enough.

If it's like that,

I'll do what she did.

I'm never coming back.

There's no reason to.

Oh, Mom!

My darling.

Will you come up with me?

- Up there?

- Yes.

Oh dear. My crummy paintings.

I'm done with those.

Hasta la vista.

Come on.

Come in.

Leave your bag there.

And take off your skates.

Come here.

Sit down.

You haven't come here

in a long time.

We'll have to make up

for lost time.

- How about some halva and fruit?

- Sure.

I ate that in Constanta

when I was little.

Undo your plaits.

You should show your lovely hair.

Don't you think?

- Do you like it?

- A lot.

You were too young for me

to say anything before.

But, you know, I take pictures now.

- When I don't see you?

- Yes.

- Would you like to pose for me?

- Yes.

Lift your arms.

Oh no, don't smile.

Smiles are stupid.

They're for weddings.

Direct your gaze...

Look at me. As if looking at Hell.

There. Turn your face a bit.

That's it...

Like this.

That's it.

Lie on the floor.

Like an offering, see...

More effort.

Don't you want to go on?

- Yes, I do.

- Well, then?

Now, arch backward. Like this.

Very far back, then...

Like that.

And your hand on your forehead.

Like so. Your fingers

spread on your forehead.

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Eva Ionesco

Eva Ionesco (born 18 July 1965) is a French actress, film director and screenwriter. She is the daughter of Romanian-French photographer Irina Ionesco. more…

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