eep emotions and repressed memories manifest in this tightly plotted French drama. A 16 year old son and his single mother are forced to reckon their true identities. What and who is an accidental hero? The answers are forthcoming as tragic circumstances upset the lives of our protagonists. They seek reconciliation as they struggle through difficult times. Fatherless son Tom is angry and rebellious. Mother Ariane is a remorseful yet nurturing and loving mother. Destiny one finds is not kind to these two. Over the course of the film can they overcome the obstacles before them? Will they overcome themselves? Subplots involve worthy characters excellently played that enhance the drama. Juvenile court, hospital, reform school, dock workers, and suburban life are backdrop scenes for the drama. Be prepared to be surprised by the sheer edge of despair which this film brings to you quickly. An abyss is glimpsed. Those who enjoy sheltered lives may recoil. Life is tough here. The characters are tough too. They don't give up.

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