Sunday, March 21, 2010

The First and Only Lesson, Film Synopsis

A single mother (Charin Alvarez) returns home on Halloween after picking up her 10-year-old daughter (Isa Cassin) from school. She discovers that her daughter was in detention because she’d had a fight with another student during the school Halloween party. Before going to sleep for the night, a confrontation ensues between the mother and daughter. The mother discovers that her daughter is very upset and hurt because her lifelong obsession about flying has been discovered by her classmates, who are making fun of her for it.

The daughter also blames her mother for not fulfilling a promise to teach her the secret technique to fly like a bird. The mother promises to teach her daughter to fly that very night, under the condition that she doesn’t get into any more fights at school.

During the whole night, she begins a long training session that at times looks like a fantasy or a game, and at times looks more like a catharsis of the feelings and trauma of these two people.

By the end of the night, a few moments before sunrise, they have said everything they needed to say. Both have cried and laughed together. They have brought their relationship to a new level and the secret flying technique has been passed from the mother to her daughter. The only thing left to do is fly.

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