Directed by Rudi Rosenberg
80 min | 2015 | France | Not Rated
Presented in French with English subtitles.
Principal cast: Rephael Ghrenassia, Joshua Raccah, Géraldine Martineau, Guillaume Claude Roussel, Johanna Lindstedt, Max Boublil, and Eythan Chiche
In this delectable and vivacious debut feature, shy 14-year-old Benoît (Réphaël Ghrenassia) moves to Paris and a new school, where he’s rejected by his cooler classmates and reluctantly sidelined into a precarious friendship with the “freaks and geeks.” The New Kid is a rare case among coming-of-age movies: a portrait of allegiances made and broken among middle-schoolers that calls special attention to the uglier, less picturesque aspects of passing through puberty. The movie’s rhythm never stalls and its tone stays charmingly light partly thanks to its wonderful cast—a skilled and magnetic group of first-time young actors.
Winner: Best New Directors–2015 San Sebastián International Film Festival, Audience Award–2015 Zagreb Film Festival
“In the same vein as La famille Bélier”– Variety
“Funny and sincere, this film will be a huge hit with both adults and teenagers. It deserves to be!“– Telemara