Standing Tall

Standing Tall

Standing Tall

Rod Paradot makes his César 'Most Promising Actor' award-winning debut, alongside Catherine Deneuve, in this drama co-written and directed by Emmanuelle Bercot.

"Abandoned by his mother at the age of 6, Malony (Paradot) is constantly in and out of juvenile court. An adoptive family grows around this young delinquent: Florence (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. When Malony is sent to a stricter educational center, he meets Tess (Diane Rouxel), who will show him that there are reasons for hope." (Alliance Française French Film Festival)

2015Rating: R16, Violence, sexual violence & offensive language120 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
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Variety

Variety

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Less group-huggy than such inspirational pics as Lean on Me and Stand and Deliver, yet every bit as respectful of the pros who step in to educate and elevate disadvantaged youth.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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The film has a scrappy optimism about it that's often very winning, but it never draws itself up to its full height.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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Mr. Paradot's performance is so viscerally intense that there is no escaping its force.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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It's a movie with quiet strength and purpose, unembarrassed about its own optimism, perhaps inspired by Dardenne brothers movies such as Le Fils.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

With his coiled, jumpy intensity, Paradot - a carpentry student making his acting debut - is thoroughly convincing, provoking scorn as much as sympathy.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A gritty and compassionate look at an adolescence riddled by violence, punishment and the idea that rehabilitation is a long way off, but not entirely out of the question.

Variety

Variety

press

Less group-huggy than such inspirational pics as Lean on Me and Stand and Deliver, yet every bit as respectful of the pros who step in to educate and elevate disadvantaged youth.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

The film has a scrappy optimism about it that's often very winning, but it never draws itself up to its full height.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Paradot's performance is so viscerally intense that there is no escaping its force.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a movie with quiet strength and purpose, unembarrassed about its own optimism, perhaps inspired by Dardenne brothers movies such as Le Fils.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

With his coiled, jumpy intensity, Paradot - a carpentry student making his acting debut - is thoroughly convincing, provoking scorn as much as sympathy.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A gritty and compassionate look at an adolescence riddled by violence, punishment and the idea that rehabilitation is a long way off, but not entirely out of the question.

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