Monday, October 24, 2016

Standing Tall 2015

     Malony Ferrandot has had a lot of difficulties with attending school and with authorities since he was six years old.  He is now 16 years old.  Many of his problems are due to the parenting style or the lack of parenting by his mother Severine Ferrandot.  His father isn’t in the picture.  Maloney has a younger brother and he may be following the same path?  Maloney has been to see juvenile judge Florence Blaque many times with the same and additional problems every time.  She is running out of options and answers about the best path to take to obtain change in Malony’s life and that of his mother and brother.  Yann is a special needs educator and he tries to keep a positive outlook and influence on Maloney with constant strong opposition.
     This film offers real insight into French methods of handling juvenile delinquency.  I don’t know how the judge, the educators and the counselors can continue against such constant opposition from one person?  He can’t seem to ever control his violent and explosive behavior?  He likes to steal cars and he does it at every opportunity.  It’s really the only thing he likes to do?  3 ½* (I liked this movie)
120 min, Drama directed by Emmanuelle Bercot with Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoit Magimel, Sara Forestier, Diane Rouxel, Elisabeth Mazev, Anne Suarez, Christophe Meynet, Martin Loizillion, Lucie Parchemal.
Note:  Imdb 7.1 out of 10, 82% critic 71% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.
Special Note:  Filmed in Rhone-Alpes, Isere, Vercors, Ile-de-France, Region parisienne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Pas-de-Calais, Nord, Drome, Yvelines, France.  Originally Gerard Depardieu was considered for the role of the judge. 

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