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"Relativity explained to children" : "Relativity explained to kids". Intention note for the film...

I wrote “Relativity explained to children” because first of all some parts of the narrative are very close to my own childhood experiences. Secondly because very often  I’m rather frustrated with  children on the big screen because they either they talk too much; always having the right cue at the right time or they’re too neglected by the story - as if they were a burden for the story to go on... in fact they are the scriptwriters’ puppets.  I believe that if James Bond never had children it’s not because of his ‘busy job’ :) but simply because he would have had to quieten down...
 
The father/son relationship has revealed great songs (by Peter GABRIEL or Paul SIMON to name a few) but not many great films recently. There was “The 6th sense” or “Extremely loud and incredibly close...” but that was in the fantastic genre or a great book’s adaptation...
 
“Relativity explained” is a very humble film, however I hope that in a funny and gentle way, it will appeal to all those who have had relationship troubles within their couple and their family life. They may find some kind of relief in a very surprising way by seeing this version of “EINSTEIN’s theory of relativity”. A sleight of hand will put you back into harmony...
 
A famous saying tells us that “it takes a whole village to bring up a child”. Now that we mostly live in big cities (for better or for worse) this quotation doesn’t function well any more, but for a family to survive and for kids to grow up harmoniously, you have to give a lot of love … as well as time...
 
The first shot in the film shows a father sleeping. It could be that he’s tired of life, or maybe he’s on bad terms with his wife, or possibly he’s unemployed... When his wife wakes him up, and his son enters the room, it’s like the cavalry disturbing his sleepy oasis...
 
He clearly represents the man who failed. So in order to regain his child’s (and his wife’s) attention, compassion and respect, he decides to become another self. He gets back on his feet and attempts “the impossible”: Einstein for kids...
 
I know the explanation he delivers to Nicolas is not terribly convincing, to say the least :) But by reacting like this (i.e. looking like a father and a clown together at the same time, he feels reintegrated again in a real family life; something that he felt had escaped him.
 
 When I cast Dominique PARENT, it was thanks to my assistant who kept saying that he was the ideal actor. I was reluctant at first, but only later I understood why: because when this wonderful actor cut his hair (previously it was long because of theatrical work) and sat on the dining room sofa on the film set, I had a thrill. This actor was my father’s look-a-like. I was mesmerized. An emotional shock which took me back to my own childhood... My own father told me once that “you cannot predict the past!” he was damned right...
                                                                                   
 When you hear the word “Relativity”, you usually think of science and Einstein... But we should never forget that our lives are very relative too. When you bring up a child, you can never tell WHEN and HOW your “lessons” of love and support will be felt and experienced by your kids.

That’s relativity of life explained to parents...
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