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In this uplifting French social-issue drama based on a true story, two friends of different faiths join forces to fight for teens with autism and those marginalized by society. With help from his ultra-Orthodox community, Bruno (Vincent Cassel) shelters severely autistic kids rejected by state-run hospitals. He recruits caregivers from his friend and partner Malik, a Muslim who trains poor youth seeking jobs. Underfunded and overworked, Bruno faces complications when authorities threaten to close his unlicensed facility. Frustrated by a lack of support, the men confront the French healthcare system head-on. Nominated for 9 César Awards including Best Film, this authentic window into those on the spectrum boasts earnest lead performances and an ensemble of nonprofessional autistic actors.

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