A young boy, Marvin, escapes his village to get away from the oppression of his family, a father unable to express his feelings and a mother suffering in silence, a mere spectator. Leaving intolerance, intimidation and rejection behind him, Marvin receives the support he needs from the director of his secondary school, Madeleine Clément. Thanks to Madeleine, the boy discovers the theatre and, fascinated, runs away to Paris to continue his search for himself.
A superb account of personal reconstruction in which a young person leaves his old self behind in order to become the person he wants to be, in this case through creativity and the theatre. The support of other artists, including none other than Isabelle Huppert, whom he meets in his new life, helps Marvin to come to terms with himself and to begin to heal his wounds.