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The Great Day (Le Grand Jour)

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Docu shows kids around the world working for their goals.

Movie NR 2017 86 minutes
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Because Pascal Plisson has opted to stage events in the lives of very talented kids from around the world, the otherwise compelling and informative film doesn't have the impact it might have. Rooting interest is still strong. Many of the in-person interviews feel alive and credible, as do the actual competitions. The young people at the film's center engage and delight. Their families are exemplary in their devotion and support. Roberto, Albert's best friend and private boxing "coach," may even be worthy of a film of his own. And it's not as predictable as one might expect. However, because it's clear from the outset that some of the scenes are staged, The Great Day ends up being a hybrid, which detracts from its authenticity. Still, it's recommended as an excellent and informative look at four unique cultures and four unique kids whose experience shows that reaching for the stars is never easy.

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