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A zealous live-wire performance from Vincent Cassel drives this stirring film about a shelter that accepts autistic children rejected by the French system.

Directors and screenwriters Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache follow their huge hits, C’est la vie and Untouchable (about the friendship between a paraplegic and his carer), with ’The Specials’, about a Jewish man, Bruno (Vincent Cassel) and a Muslim, Malik (Reda Kateb), working together to help children with severe autism who have been rejected by other institutions because they are too difficult to care for.

Featuring autistic actors in several roles, this is an inherently difficult subject yet the directors tell a touching and powerful story that deftly blends tragedy and comedy as few filmmakers today can. (Subtitles)