Special mention on TF1: what is the Welcome to adulthood sequel worth?

Tonight at 9:05 p.m., TF1 broadcasts the second part of the TV movie broadcast in 2017 in which Laura, a young woman with Down’s syndrome, decided to take her baccalaureate. Now 23, she wants to take off and live her life like an ordinary woman.

What is it about ?

Three years after graduating from high school, Laura dreams of independence and wants to live like an ordinary young woman. But between the parents who are worried, the world of work that she discovers and the Love that comes ringing without warning, it’s not easy to be like the others when you have Down’s syndrome. While she literally melts for a host of the radio in which she works, Virgil, a childhood friend with Down’s syndrome like her, resurfaces in her life and comes to sow confusion in her certainties. Welcome to adulthood …

Special mention: Welcome to adulthood, Monday May 10 at 9:05 p.m. on TF1 and in preview on SALTO

Who is it with?

The cast of the TV movie Special Mention, broadcast in 2017, is back in full for this second part. Bruno Salomone (Do not do this, do not do that) and Hélène de Fougerolles (Balthazar) play Jérôme and Fanny, Laura’s parents, played by Marie Dal Zotto, actress with Down’s syndrome who took her first steps on the screen in the first TV movie. Her younger sister is still played by Maïra Schmitt (Léo Matteï).

Around them, we find this time Alexis Michalik (10 Days Without Mum) and Shirine Boutella (Lupine) in the role of two hosts responsible for supervising Laura during her internship in a local radio station directed by Laurent Bateau (Disappeared). Anne Charrier (Mum is wrong) also makes an appearance as a former friend of Fanny, also mother of an autistic boy, Virgil (Melchior Malki).

Well worth a look ?

Written by Marie Vinoy and Pauline Eon and directed by Cyril Gelblat, this second part continues to explore the life of Laura, a 23-year-old woman with Down’s syndrome who wants at all costs to lead a normal life despite her difference. She will have to face the harsh reality of the working world, but also her own contradictions …

Inspired by the true story of a young Moroccan woman with Down’s syndrome who had managed to get her baccalaureate with Mention in 2014, the first opus showed Laura’s fight to achieve her goal: to pass the baccalaureate as a free candidate, despite mistrust of acamedia and the gaze of others, often not very understanding.

In this second unit, we find Laura and her family three years later. Now holder of a BTS in journalism, she is about to start an internship in a major Toulouse radio station. Supported by a family of unwavering support, including her father, Jérôme, both ultra-protective and obstinate at the idea that her daughter learns to cope on her own, Laura will this time aspire to leave the family nest. , and as the title suggests, learn to become independent.

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Alexis Michalik and Marie Dal Zotto

The TV movie puts in parallel two aspects of adult life that Laura finds herself confronted with: the world of work on the one hand, where her ambitions will be confronted with the complexity of the tasks to be performed and the lack of empathy of certain employees. , and on the other, her first romantic emotions when she finds herself facing Virgil, a childhood friend.

With humor and accuracy, Welcome to adulthood paints the portrait of a young woman as determined as she is frustrated by her own limits. Marie Dal Zotto impresses in the role of this touching heroine, served by a cast of committed actors. The Hélène de Fougerolles / Bruno Salomone duo works wonderfully as parents who are sometimes overwhelmed, and Alexis Michalik is delightful in the role of Laura’s tutor.

Through the heroine’s family, this second opus also manages to deal with subtlety with the place of Laura’s little sister, sometimes crushed by the needs of her eldest child, and also with the universal distress of parents when they have to accept the situation. idea of ​​seeing their offspring leave the nest.

A sincere and strong TV movie that casually dismantles a lot of received ideas around autism, and gives pride of place to young talented actors. A great success, which makes you want to see a third part to find this gallery of endearing characters.

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