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Hands Up
(Les Mains en L'air)

Year: 2011
Country: FRANCE
Language: French
Run Time: 90 minutes

Hands Up
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HANDS UP is the exciting story of Milana, an 11-year-old immigrant from Chechnya, and the friends from many countries who band together to help her. Fighting illegal immigration is a top priority of President Nicolas Sarkozy's French government, whose goal is to deport 25,000 people per year. Milana and her mother have been in France for years, and Milana seems so French that it's a shock to realize she's a foreigner. When the family of one of Milana's friends gets caught in the deportation net, the 5th graders take action to make sure they don't lose Milana too. Devising a clever hiding place and an elaborate scheme involving cell phone ringtones that's designed to outwit the adults, the entire gang of kids goes underground. Naturally they're soon missed; their families are beside themselves with worry, and the media goes wild. The kids' actions force the community to take stock and reconsider their priorities. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, who plays a sympathetic mom, became President Sarkozy's sister-in-law soon after making this movie. (In French with subtitles) –B.B.

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Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

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Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Romain Goupil

Romain Goupil was born in Paris in 1951 and took an early interest in film and politics, participating in the student protests of 1968. He has worked as an assistant director to Chantal Akerman, Jean-Luc Godard and Roman Polanski, and continues to write, direct, and act.

"Half a Life" (1982), "La java des ombres" (1983), "Maman" (1990), "Letter for L…" (1994), "À mort la mort!" (1999), "Purely Coincidental" (2002), HANDS UP (2011)

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

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