The Little Thief

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The Little Thief
The Little Thief FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Claude Miller
Produced by Claude Berri et al
Written by François Truffaut
Luc Béraud
Annie Miller
Claude Miller
Claude de Givray
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg
Didier Bezace
Simon de La Brosse
Release date
1989 (France)
Running time
103 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $1,055,416 (USA)[1]

The Little Thief (French: La Petite Voleuse) is a 1989 French drama directed by Claude Miller. It is based upon an unfinished script by François Truffaut. Truffaut died before being able to direct the film himself.[2] The film had 1,834,940 admissions in France.[3]


In post-War II France, 16-year-old Janine lives with her uncle and aunt whilst longing for contact from her absent mother. She is already an accomplished petty thief, stealing items such as lingerie and cigarettes. On quitting school, she works as a maid and secretly sees an older choirmaster, whilst courting a young bike racer. Never alone, yet never quite attached, Janine's frustration at her internal life leads her towards mishaps, friendships, and enemies.



The Little Thief was released in 1989 in France.[4]


  1. ^ "The Little Thief (1989) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Caryn James (1989-08-25). "The Little Thief (1988) Review/Film; A Woman In Rebellion And the Life She Hates". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "La Petite voleuse (1988)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "La Petite voleuse (1988) Claude Miller" (in French). Retrieved September 4, 2016. 

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