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 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 and begins an arduous attempt at education over several years.

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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 nouvelle vague sign languages 18th century learning based on memoir or autobiography southern france feral child reward tantrum punishment wild child

Lists

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