Malabar Princess

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Malabar Princess
Malabar Princess movie poster.png
Film poster
Directed by Gilles Legrand
Produced by Frédéric Brillion
Written by Gilles Legrand
Philippe Vuaillat
Marie-Aude Murail
Starring Jacques Villeret
Jules-Angelo Bigarnet
Damien Jouillerot
Michèle Laroque
Music by René Aubry
Cinematography Yves Angelo
Edited by Judith Rivière Kawa
Andrea Sedlácková
Release date
Running time
94 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $5.3 million
Box office $11 million[1]

Malabar Princess is a 2004 French film directed by Gilles Legrand. The film is about a young boy called Tom, who is sent to live with his grandfather in the French Alps after his mother disappeared during an excursion with her husband, Pierre, in the French Alps.[2] He becomes friends with Benoît, a boy about his age. While searching for Tom's mother they come across the remains of a plane that had crashed during the 1950s.


Tom, eight and dyslexic,[2] has been living near Mont Blanc with his maternal grandfather, a tram conductor.[2] He becomes friends with Benoît, and the two search for the remains of the Malabar Princess, an Air India plane that crashed in 1950.[3]


The film was shot on location at Mont Blanc in France. The Malabar Princess disaster actually occurred on 3 November 1950. It was Flight 245, a Lockheed Constellation aircraft of Air India, which had crashed at 4,700 meters above sea level.[4] One of the engines of the wreckage was found on 15 September 1989 on the surface of the Glacier des Bossons, 1,900 m above sea level. A second engine was found on 22 September 2008 at 2,000 m above sea level on the same glacier.



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  2. ^ a b c "Malabar Princess". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Malabar Princess". Family Education. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "The "Malabar Princess" Catastrophe". Retrieved 17 June 2009. 

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