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La tête haute (2015)

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A juvenile judge and a special educator are convinced that they can save the young delinquent Malony from himself and his violent ways.

Director:

Emmanuelle Bercot
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... La juge des enfants Florence Blaque
Rod Paradot ... Malony Ferrandot
Benoît Magimel ... Yann
Sara Forestier ... Séverine Ferrandot
Diane Rouxel ... Tess
Elisabeth Mazev Elisabeth Mazev ... Claudine
Anne Suarez ... La directrice du CEF
Christophe Meynet Christophe Meynet ... Maître Robin
Martin Loizillon Martin Loizillon ... Le procureur
Lucie Parchemal Lucie Parchemal ... La greffière
Catherine Salée ... Gladys Vatier
Enzo Trouillet Enzo Trouillet ... Malony à 6 ans
Ludovic Berthillot Ludovic Berthillot ... Ludo
Michel Masiero Michel Masiero ... Le grand-père
Marie Piémontèse Marie Piémontèse ... La principale du collège
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Storyline

Malony has been in conflict with the school and with the law since he was six. But Florence Blaque, a juvenile judge, and Yann, a special educator, are convinced that they can save him from the spiral of revolt and violence in which he seems to be caught for the rest of his days. Will they attain their end in spite of everything, in spite of Malony himself who is his own worst enemy ? Written by Guy Bellinger

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We take the hand we are given

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 May 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Standing Tall See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,488, 3 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,013, 17 April 2016
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gérard Depardieu was considered for the role of the judge finally played by ... Catherine Deneuve. See more »

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References Shrek (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Gaby oh! Gaby
Music by Alain Bashung
Lyrics by Boris Bergman
(from the Philips single released on 2-1980)
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Yes...but
10 October 2017 | by foxc-2See all my reviews

I certainly agree with the panning of this very intense film even though I gave it a high rating which I did because when it's good, it's very good - "intense" doesn't begin to approach how gripping this film and especially the performance of Paridot is. Granted though, the characters are one dimensional: they're either totally evil, total losers (like the mother) or possessed of angelic patience and calm. I'm a soft-hearted former teacher and believe in second chances but Malony gets one hundred and two and still screws up. I kept thinking as he messed up violently yet again that THIS was the time they'd throw away the key but no, "one more chance". Totally unrealistic and a vision of money wasting in the public sector that should be cut off tomorrow.


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