Cross my heart

Luc Picard

1970, Canada. The country is in full crisis. Manon and Mimi are two orphans, who would rather die than ending up in foster care. Together with some other kids, they make a plan to kidnap a ‘grandmother’ and pretend they are a family. As long as they’re together, they’ll escape social services. This is the fourth film by Luc Picard, and reminds us of classic family movies like ET or Stand by me. This is a funny and emotional movie that’s about ‘a family’, or at least about what family means to kids. We see the adult problems through their eyes, and how far they’ll go to protect themselves. No matter where you live and how old you are, a better future is the only thing that counts. The performances of the young actors are also astounding. The movie premiered at the Berlinale and won the Grand Jury prize at the Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec.