Another french movie. After nouvelle vague, in terms of mainstream cinema, there is only two options, the poor or the bourgeois class, but they have one thing in common, both ignore cinema and sacrifice that, focusing the story. So you spend hours seeing people talking and a camera moving around them, but if it was a Romer or Godard dialog, but no, is just a tremendous bla bla full of common places.
CINEMANIA '15 Rod Paradot is a major find here portraying a volatile teen who has been in and out of court for the past ten years often given into anger and frustration. He is the product of a drug addled mother and a social system designed to help but unable to really make a lasting difference. A hard watch but a worthy one and often exasperating. Strong performances all around including Magimel and Deneuve.
The story provokes compassion but shows quite a naive view of the nature of the society-individual conflict. Seems like the authors want to persuade us that love and forgiveness are the solution to everything. Hard to agree especially judging by the story they tell.