Jacques Tati's ode to his illegitimate daughter

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To his adoring public, Jacques Tati was the delightful clown whose charming films put a smile back on the face of France after the Second World War.

But away from the screen, the actor and director was tormented by the guilt and shame he felt for abandoning his illegitimate daughter.

It was one of the darkest episodes in his life and it led to him being shunned by friends and colleagues.

He never spoke publicly about the daughter he had following an affair during his time in music-hall theatre in Paris during the German Occupation.

But a new film based on a previously unseen script he wrote in the 1950s is being seen by many an ode the girl he abandoned....

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