Another multi-hyphenate is born, as French thesp Isild le Besco ("Roberto Succo"), age 21, turns her talents toward writing and directing "Half-Price." Portrait of two sisters and a brother left to fend for themselves in Paris and beyond is a blend of playfulness and resourcefulness. Praised by Gallic film luminaries, calling card has fest potential, particularly in sidebars on what it's like to be a kid without adult supervision.

Another multi-hyphenate is born, as rising young French thesp Isild le Besco (“Roberto Succo”), age 21, turns her talents toward writing and directing “Half-Price.” Impressionistic portrait of two sisters and a brother, ages 7, 8 and 9, left to fend for themselves in Paris and beyond is an impressive blend of playfulness and resourcefulness, told from a pint-sized but pragmatic POV. Praised to the skies by Gallic film luminaries upon its Feb. 11 release on one Paris screen, modest calling card has fest potential, particularly in sidebars on what it’s really like to be a kid without adult supervision.

Three cute siblings whose parents are as invisible as the adults in “Peanuts” make a life for themselvesthrough rock-solid complicity. Whether shoplifting food, eating in cheap restaurants and skipping out on the bill, sneaking into the movies or fibbing to a school counselor, they manage remarkably well — so well that it’s impossible to assume the “authorities” would handle things better. Freewheeling DV lensing favors extreme close-ups. Edited down from 30 hours of rushes, pic packs a great deal of activity into a tight 63 minutes.

Half-Price

France

Production

A Grand Action release with support from Karedas, Le Grand Action, Emergence, Eclair, Kodak, Polyson, Corralia/Accor, TBWA France. Directed, written, edited by Isild le Besco.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Jowan le Besco. Reviewed at Le Grand Action, Paris, Jan. 14, 2004. Running time: 63 MIN.

With

Kolia Litscher, Lila Salet, Cindy David.
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