The theories against a good part of the conventions of contemporary societies, capitalism, consumerism, social relations, bourgeois aspirations, self-employment or employment and compulsory education, to name a few examples of distant slopes, have been accompanied in the cinema by an escape towards a new existence and a unique way of living as a family based on self-sufficiency and flight. Works like The Mosquito Coast (Peter Weir, 1986) y Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross, 2016) were led by idealistic parents, halfway between the enlightened and the insane, who, in their desire to forge a new way of existence for their children in forests or jungles, alienated them from other children. A subversive decision in the theoretical that always usually collides with a problem: practice.
The parents of the eight-year-old calf that stars I girl Natural Arpajou’s autobiographical debut, they have similar theoretical characteristics and, once again, they collide with the difficulties of everyday life, both physical, mental and moral. Like The horizon, Belgian film that opens in Spain also this week, is narrated with a scrupulous maintenance of the point of view in the look (and ears) of the girl, in her doubts and her few certainties, in her laughs and her difficulties. Watching their parents, hippies contemporaries far from the madding crowd, modern followers of Henry David Thoreau, have a hard time with any inconvenience in a surely idyllic place to spend a few hours, but perhaps not for a lifetime.
The good thing about Arpajou, also a screenwriter, is that in an interval in which the family gives up with the city, with the school and with the people around it, he shows that the benefits of conventionality can also be hell. And in that dichotomy, with a Barbie and a Milanese schnitzel as signs of perfidy (of one, of the other?), A small, beautiful and interesting film moves, with an intimate and close tone, defined in a simple dialogue for children. “What is a bourgeoisie?” Asks the child. “Bourgeois is a lady who thinks she needs a lot of things that she doesn’t need.”