Blu-ray, DVD Release: Standing Tall

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 13, 2016
Price: DVD $25.99, Blu-ray $30.99
Studio: Cohen Media


The 2015 French drama Standing Tall (or La tête haute, as it is known in its native land) is directed and co-written by Emmanuelle Bercot.

Catherine Deneuve in Standing Tall

Catherine Deneuve in Standing Tall

Abandoned by his mother (Sara Forestier, Wild Grass) 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, Belle de Jour), a children’s magistrate nearing retirement, and Yann (Benoît Magimel, La Demoiselle d’Honneur), 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.

Released on a limited theatrical basis in the U.S. last month, Standing Tall received a solid 82% favorable rating at reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 34 published write-ups.

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