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
One hates that universal truths are that, universal as seen in Standing Tall, a French tale of anguish & possible redemption of a youth in revolt. Seemingly Dardennesque (Jean & Luc, filmmakers who chronicle the working class of Belgium), we enter the dismaying world of a particular Parisian malcontent who begs for a hug or smack sometimes in the expanse of the same instance. With a supporting turn as a sympathetic judge from France's national treasure Catherine Deneuve, the plight of this teen plays across her weathered features as we wonder if he'll ever get his act together.
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