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


Emmanuelle Bercot
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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


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



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

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Malony Ferrandot was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer on July 16, 1997. See more »


References Shrek (2001) See more »


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Rod Paradot: A star is born
1 February 2021 | by ljreduxSee all my reviews

A six-year-old boy from a dysfunctional home is placed into care, develops serious emotional problems, and spends the next decade getting into trouble with the law while social welfare services fight to rehabilitate him.

La Tête Haute (Standing Tall) seems unremarkable when summarised like this, but it is actually a very compelling film - in large part due to the breakthrough performance of Rod Paradot who plays problem-child protagonist, Malony.

From his sneering disdain towards the Juvenile Court Judge portrayed by Catherine Deneuve, to the sheer physical embodiment of the mental demons that torture him, it is hard to believe that this is Paradot's first film; that he was a trainee carpenter waiting to be discovered just months before production began.

One very jarring aspect of this film is its tendency to exasperate the viewer. Quite often Malony will seem to be making progress only to sabotage it with a senseless act. It becomes repetitive but is almost certainly intended to project the child protection teams' frustrations onto the audience.

And here we find another trait that sets this apart from other recent French films concerned with the rehabilitation of troubled teenagers: It paints the Judge, the Social Worker and their colleagues in a more constructive and positive light. They are as frustrated with the system as the child, but their battle is with the confines and constraints that impede their ability to help him. They actually seem to care.

Very much recommended.

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Release Date:

13 May 2015 (France) See more »

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Standing Tall See more »


Box Office


EUR5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,488, 3 April 2016

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