Director: Romain Goupil
Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Linda Doudaeva, Jules Ritmanic
France, 90’, 2010, color
French with Turkish subtitles
A band of youngsters join forces to protect one of their own in this comedy-drama from writer and director Romain Goupil. Milana is a ten-year-old girl who calls Paris home. However, she and her mother are Chechen exiles living in Franceas immigrants, and though Milana barely remembers living anywhere else. Once another family of immigrants living nearby are discovered by the authorities, Milana feels in danger. One of Milana's best friends, Blaise, doesn't want to see her deported, so he persuades his mother to take her in and as part of their family. Before long, Milana's classmates and the other kids in Blaise's building are in on the plan, and protecting Milana from the immigration police. Les Mains en l'Air (aka Hands Up) was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.
He had imagined the court room as a big place. It wasn’t. It was about the size of his living room, with an elevation at one end, with a dais on it. The judges and the attorneys sat there. Below it was an old wooden rail, worn out in some places. That was his place. There was another seat for his lawyer. At the back, about 20 or 30 chairs were stowed out for the non-existent crowd.
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