Standing Tall

Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot
Year: 2015
Country: France
Language: French (English subtitles)

Abandoned by his mother (Sara Forestier) at the age of 6, Malony (Rod Paradot) is constantly in and out of juvenile court. An adoptive family grows around this young delinquent: Florence (Catherine Deneuve), a children’s magistrate nearing retirement, and Yann (Benoît Magimel), a caseworker and himself the survivor of a very difficult childhood. Together they follow the boy’s journey and try unfailingly to save him. Then Malony is sent to a stricter educational center, where he meets Tess (Diane Rouxel), a very special young girl who will show him that there are reasons for hope.

"Mr. Paradot’s performance is so viscerally intense that there is no escaping its force."-- The New York Times

Catherine Deneuve
Rod Paradot

Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot