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Pretty Baby

Aka: Прелестное дитя (Russia)
Director: Louis Malle
Year: 1978
Country: USA
Runtime: 110 minutes
Genre: Drama

My Rating:
IMDb User Rating: 7.3/10
Votes Percentage Rating
21 39.6% 10
7 13.2% 9
8 15.1% 8
2 3.8% 7
2 3.8% 6
1 1.9% 5
1 1.9% 4
2 3.8% 3
0 0.0% 2
9 17.0% 1
Votes: 53

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A semi-scandal upon its release in 1978, this Louis Malle film is set in a turn-of-the-century, New Orleans bordello and focuses on a girl named Violet (then-child actress Brooke Shields) whose imminent twelfth birthday signals her "readiness" to become a career prostitute. Typical of Malle, the outwardly forbidden nature of the story and relationships within are morally obscured by the immediate experiences and unqualified urges of the characters. The little heroine brings a distinctly youthful and innocent view to the milieu, and the introduction of a photographer (Keith Carradine)--who eventually marries Violet--in the brothel carries the suggestion that there is art and beauty to be explored there. Susan Sarandon is beguiling as Violet's mother, who seems to unfold in the cameraman's presence. The film moves a little stiffly, a little slowly, possibly from a heavy emphasis on period art direction and Sven Nykvist's moody if gorgeous photography.

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Children's Cast:

    Brooke Shields [13]   Violet

User Commentaries:

Posted: 19 May 2013, 07:03
PoncaBird76: This is an excellent movie with good undertones

one picture is worth a thousand words

Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 03:34
fanmodels: this is very good film i love the film and Brooke Shields very pretty

Posted: 26 May 2010, 17:14
tyciol: Been wanting to see this classic for a long time.


Posted: 30 Dec 2009, 21:27
rwandsworth0: A true classic and an absolute must-see. Some people may mind the subject matter somewhat disturbing, but to me it keeps the film very real and helps bring empathy towards the characters.

Posted: 9 May 2009, 14:50
tag1462: Okay, does anybody watch this as a film? It's really an ( sort of ) indepth character study. Violet knows one world and grows into it.... and it's perfectly normal. Bellocq sees something else... probably just money. And worlds collide. Watch it once for the tittilation, watch it again just for the character interaction of innocence & exapseration. My take; Violet & Bellocq loved each other, but didn't know why.

Change perception, change reality

Posted: 14 Dec 2008, 00:55
LarsBecker: Not the real solution to explain the problem of child prostitution

Rating: 3