Cinema: One Homeless Boy

Euphemisms are the anesthesia of language. In France, the abbreviation R.T. stands for recueillis temporaires (temporarily taken in), a numbing term for unadoptable children. Me refuses the anesthetic and presents a painful examination of one homeless boy, François (Michel Terrazon). Shifted from institution to foster home, the ten-year-old burns his bridges before he comes to them. He commits petty crimes, plays truant, lies to his many foster parents—all because he is afraid that if they love him he will lose them, as he lost his mother.

Terrazon, an untrained actor, moves with the swagger...

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