This is a Canadian, and is `highly influenced by British Borstal film Scum', according to Wikipedia. It tells the tale of three young offenders who all get sent to a Juvenile Correctional Facility called Enola Vale. There they are initiated into the strict and regimented world of youth detention, and the three tier system of privilege.
The lowest are forced to wear the orange jump suits, middle, ordinary prison garb and the top are `Trustees', and they get to wear black polo shirts. They are also the head honchos and lead bullies. The three new kids soon attract a lot of unwanted attention and things sort of spiral from there.
This is a re-telling of Ray Whinstone's first major film `Scum'. He was a relative unknown then and all of the actors here are too. They all do an admirable job especially Adan Butcher who plays `Butch'. Director and co-write Kim Champiron has done a great job of making the players believable and that goes for the guards too. This is a regime that in many ways is as hard on the guards as it is on the guarded.
Enola Vale is described as `A place to grow and learn', most of what these kids will learn will not be in societies interests. So is it any good? Well I actually really liked (not enjoyed) it for what it was portraying and the way it was done. If you have seen Scum, then some of the plot will be all too familiar. However, that said this works too and has enough of its own identity to stand on its own merits. If you have not seen Scum, then you have missed a Brit classic. All in all a very good effort in what is a controversial and difficult area.