Cinema: State of Grace

SMALL CHANGE

Directed by FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT

Screenplay by FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT and SUZANNE SCHIFFMANN

There is a remarkable scene near the beginning of Small Change. A little boy, three at the oldest, shoves a pet cat out on the ledge of his ninth-floor apartment, then watches it fall until it lands, safe but a little confused, on the balcony below. Then the boy, dressed for play in red overalls, climbs out on the ledge himself, laughing, having a wonderful time. He dangles his legs over the side, onto a railing, then lets go, sliding off into...