About

In 1798, a feral boy is discovered outside the town of Aveyron, France. Diagnosed as mentally impaired, he is relegated to an asylum. A young doctor named Jean Itard, who specializes in ear-nose-throat physiology and the education of deaf-mutes, becomes convinced that the boy has normal mental capacity, but that his development was hindered by lack of contact with society. He brings the boy home,...

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Directed by

François Truffaut

Written by

François Truffaut (Screenplay)
Jean Gruault (Screenplay)
Jean Itard (Novel)

Runtime

83 minutes

Country

France

Language

French

Tagline

At last an adult film to which you can take your children.

Cast

Keywords

doctor experiment sign language 18th century learning based on memoir or autobiography feral child reward tantrum punishment wild child

Lists

#664 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?