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Lucky Summer is Coming

Catherine Maximoff

France

synopsis

When the teacher of a class of 13-year-old kids reminds them once again that they are failures, the youngsters decide to carry out Felicia’s premeditated plan. All the children in the classroom stand up and leave the school. After the whole class takes this first step towards freedom, two girls decide to go further and head towards the countryside. Felicia and Marie, antagonists at school, become allies through their gradual discovery of their basic needs and the realization of how open their minds are becoming out of school.

Slowly, the incident appears to not just be local. Sofiane, the great class geek, has spread the video of their escape online. Children are going missing everywhere. It is an epidemic. The authorities try to keep the situation under wraps, but schools are leaking like sieves. The “deserters” also receive mysterious protection. Doors open, hands give bread.

The real world patrols roads, guards schools. Shops are forbidden to unaccompanied kids. People are divided. Some parents agree to cooperate by watching these disobedient kids. Others react by asking the police to stop looking for their children. Maybe this young generation is showing a way out to a better world.

intention

Lucky Summer is Coming was written forty years ago. I feel that adapting this book into a story set in our contemporary world makes perfect sense, if we consider our urgent need for disobedience. The audacity of these kids seems to come from a utopian tale. Could this film be a relevant mirror to the issues in today’s society?

The main characters are between 12 and 14 years old – the age when kids start to think for themselves, and to have their own dreams as future grown-ups. But it is still a generation that needs to be looked after and protected. And this ambiguity is very unsettling. These kids tell us: your adult world is gross, we do not want it. They confront the adults with their own powerlessness, their nonsense, and lack of courage.

Could this film be a road movie and a thriller at the same time? Hopefully yes. Of course, the journey the main characters take will shape the adults they eventually become. But this story will hopefully trigger our imaginations, questioning us if such a social epidemic were to happen tomorrow.

I also hope it will interrogate the relationship young people have with nature and education. My characters will either discover or rediscover nature and the ever-greater disconnection our humanity has from its animal side. They will also realize how much they learn away from school.

What are our vital needs? What has become of our relationship with time? Nature urges us to think about the immediate present. Our capitalist society pushes us to think about our future needs only. To be or to have, in some way.

I could make a realistic and militant film out of this story. But I would rather keep it somewhere between an initiatory journey and a political tale. And I most of all wish to share a thrilling story where one can start to imagine a different world. A way of staying alive!

videos

An act of disobedience from a few children against their scornful teacher begins an epidemic of desertion.
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Catherine Maximoff

Film Director

contact@catherinemaximoff.fr

production notes

directed by
Catherine Maximoff