Young TigerOriginal Title: Bébé Tigre
Director: Cyprien Vial
France | French
Eligible for Child Protection Award
Cyprien Vial, whose short In Range won a Director’s Fortnight prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, makes his feature-length debut with this riveting film that follows Many, a 17-year-old Punjabi who immigrates to France as part of an educational program. Mani is very eager to make France his new home and dreams of becoming a railway engineer.
Unfortunately, his family pressure him to send money home and make them proud, because this is what everyone does when they leave Punjab. Being a student Many cannot have a regular work permit so he starts getting off-the-book jobs, but the line between those jobs and illegal activthe ities is very thin, and soon he becomes entangled in clandestine immigration. Many’s parents are now happy, the money flows and they are proud of him. Many, on the opposite is desperate. His absences from school are jeopardizing his future, and he is lying to everyone, even to his girlfriend Elisabeth.
Before it is too late he has to decide what he wants for his future. Inspired by his own encounters and growing friendships with several youths from the north Indian diaspora in France, Vial perfectly captures and transfers onscreen the contrasting emotions, problems, dreams and vitality of multicultural France.