A film by Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Cast Vincent Cassel, Reda Kateb, Hélène Vincent
Bruno and Malik takes care children and adolescents with autism for 20 years. Within their two respective associations, they train young people from difficult neighborhoods to supervise them. As they do not have enough on their plates inspectors are here to see if everything is by the book or they might close them down.
Based on a true story here L’escale is a place where Bruno keeps children with severe autism. Here the directors has done it again with a sensible subject with a dose of humor. Here Cassel does wonder with this role where his character is passionate about his job and wants to help every kid that he takes so they can take care of themselves and hopefully for some of them find a job so they can be independent. Reda Kateb does as well a wonderful job here and the chemistry of those two actors is there. This film here is design to educate french people about people who has autism. The autism cases that are exposed in this feature film are real . It can shock, amaze, upset you but it is all real. The research and documentation work was done with care, since the directors knew that the people who are working with teenagers who have autism knows the system. Here is the catch 22, there are inspectors that evaluate the establishment and to see the one that they hire have their diplomas , to see if the establishment is sanitary and that everyone goes by the book . Most employees however don’t have diplomas . So the inspectors are careful not to close them down , they know that if they do who will take care of the kids. A delicate situation here that the directors are showing us.