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Les Mains en l’air | Romain Goupil, 2009
France | French | 90 minutes
A tender, engaging and bracingly militant drama from director Romain Goupil: a story of youth, solidarity and contemporary France, with Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and a terrific cast of children. Framed as the recollection of a Chechen woman named Milana, Goupil’s very modern coming-of-age drama chronicles her classmate Youssef’s near-deportation from France at the age of ten. Youssef’s young classmates band together and hatch a plan of action, unwilling to yield the bonds of friendship to the demands of an unforgiving law.