Behind the Walls (2008)


Behind the Walls (2008)
Les hauts murs (original title)

A young runaway rejects society's condemnation and dares to fulfill his dreams. France, 1930s. 14-year-old orphan Yves Tréguier sees the world through the bars of "educational homes" where he is raised in conditions worthy of a penal colony, and dreams of a dramatic escape across the ocean to New York.
IMDb   6.8 /10
TheMovieDb    7.0 /10
Director Christian Faure
Writer Albert Algoud
Writer Christian Faure
Writer Auguste Le Breton
Release Date2008-04-30
Runtime1h 32mins
Content Rating
CompanySeptembre Productions, EuropaCorp, France 3 Cinéma
La mère de 'Fil de fer'
Le surveillant chef
Yves Tréguier
Le directeur de l'institution d'éducation surveillée
La directrice
Le beau-père d'Yves
Anthony Decadi
Anthony Decadi
Julien Bouanich
Julien Bouanich
Fil de fer
Jonathan Reyes
Jonathan Reyes
Le Rat
Simon Perret
Simon Perret
Antoine Chaleyssin
Antoine Chaleyssin
Oscar Baudot
Oscar Baudot
Bras d'acier

Behind the Walls (film)

Behind the Walls (original title: Les hauts murs) is a 2008 French drama film directed by Christian Faure and based on an autobiographical work, Les hauts murs ('The High Walls'), by Auguste Le Breton.


The title refers to an approved school to which Yves Tréguier is consigned in the 1930s, he being a 14-year-old ward of the nation. There he finds friendship and learns the nature of rebellion and violence. He hopes to make his way one day to New York City in the United States.


  • Carole Bouquet as The wire's mother
  • François Damiens as The chief officer
  • Emile Berling as Yves Tréguier
  • Pascal N'Zonzi as Oudie
  • Catherine Jacob as The director
  • Michel Jonasz as The supervisor
  • Bernard Blancan as Yves's stepfather
  • Guillaume Gouix as Blondeau
  • Anthony Decadi as Molina
  • Finnegan Oldfield as The beggar
  • Julien Bouanich as The wire
  • Jonathan Reyes as The rat