Recommended for ANYONE who's ever worked with children/youth at risk, esp. in shameful B.C. An unflinching yet humane and warm chronicle of a youth (from 6 to 17, when he became a father), who, through a tortuous path of self-discovery, finally grew up. Rod Paradot gives an incandescent central performance as the anger-ridden, violence-prone teen. He bears an uncanny resemblance to a young Benoit Magimel, here as his counselor, an ex-troubled kid in the story. Deneuve is still at the top of her game as a sympathetic and no-nonsense youth magistrate, who finally gave a rare SMILE when her charge presented to her his baby boy. Yet...will this be a prequel to the Dardennes Brothers' L'Enfant, when a delinquent teen father sold his baby? For other good actors who played troubled teens, check out Jéremy Rénier's work, and Sweden's comedy, Patrik, aged 1.5.
I’m always looking for a film by Catherine Deneuve, so I took a look at this film. It tells the devastating film of a juvenile delinquent played by first time actor Rod Paradot. After seeing an interview of Paradot, only time will tell if his great acting was based on his ability, the ability of director Emmanuelle Bercot, or some of both. In real life, Paradot is a quiet, calm gentleman. In the film, he is at times a raving maniac and at other times a sorrowful soul. Anyone seeing this film with any empathy whatsoever, will have a true appreciation of teachers and social workers who on a daily basis try to help young people find a better way than prison and crime.
I was hoping to see more of Catherine Deneuve who has been one of my favorite actresses for years. She is still so beautiful... OK film about efforts to help a young man who comes from a totally dysfuctional background and is his own worst enemy. Two paws up from Kristi & Abby Tabby.
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