Captain fantastic, a childhood out of the sistem.

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December 28, 2016 by Quiahuitzin

The other day I went to see this terrific film with my friend Natalia, She has already seen it but she wanted me to enjoy it too. We went, and all I can say is that it was totally worth it.


A peculiar family lost their mum, and the film is about how they face their lost and the world… I think it’s a very interesting (tabu word) proposal of life, utopic but b00-holding-captain-fantasticeautiful, and at the same time, quite realistic because it also portraits the doubts of the father and the children. Living out of the sistem is not easy at all.
I say interesting is a tabu word because during a conversation between the father and one of his daughters about a book, she says it’s “interesting”… but he points very correctly that that’s not a good analysis, not at all. The idea should be more deeply developed, saying “interesting” is not a wealthy comment. I liked this reflection, because, personally, I use a lot that solo word.

It’s a very amusing and inspiring film, and it also had me reflecting about deaths memory. I have never really empathised with funerals, and the political fight for war victims exhumation, last willings… I never thought this kind of rituals could have such a huge power to heal the pain, and at the begining of the film, I actually though that the topic of how the mother would be burried (or whatever) was not worthy. But well, I have to admit that at the end I was crying of happiness when they say goodbye to the mum while they play “sweet child of mine”. It’s a terrific scene and cover of the song.

The topic of education is very present in the film, and even if it seems utopic, I like that beautiful and ancient concept of philosopher kings…

On the other hand, it’s a dangerous field, because the line which separates good-parenting (or good-government, if we’re talking about philosopher kings) from tyranny is too narrow. Anyhow, the family lives in anarchy regarding to the rest of the world… but it’s true that sometimes the father looks like a dictator.

It’s food for thought…

“If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.”

Noam Chomsky

As another curiosity, they celebrate Noam Chomsky birthday instead of Christmas… I didn’t know who he was, now I know.

In conclusion, this is a very enriching film, and I’m very thankful to Natalia for taking me to watch it.


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