Review: Cannes' opener 'Standing Tall' can't avoid the courtroom clichés

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Review: Cannes' opener 'Standing Tall' can't avoid the courtroom clichés
Cannes — It doesn't take long to understand the important message Emmanuelle Bercot wants to convey with her new drama "La tête haute" (Standing Tall)." Effectively, she wants you to know that the juvenile court system can be used to positively affect the lives of troubled youth, but if and only if the people involved care enough to stick by their kids. To Bercot's credit, it's a particular point of view that you rarely hear of outside of documentaries and hour-long news programs. Unfortunately, "Standing Tall" takes way too long to reach its happy ending. The opening film of the 68th Festival du Cannes, "Standing Tall" begins with the camera focusing on 6-year-old Malony (Enzo Trouillet). His mother (Sara Forestier) has been brought in front of a local juvenile court judge (Catherine Deneuve) over concerns about the care of her two boys. Bercot keeps the camera mostly on Malony as he
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