As a way to cope with his parents continuous fights over his hyperactivity, Mike lives in his imaginary world, mostly inhabited by Peter Pan stories. After one too many arguments, his father doesn't return home.
Mike is woken up the next day with his father waiting outside, ready to embark on a woodland adventure together.
But the truth of this escapade is far from what the child had fathomed.

  • Louisa Pili
  • Louisa Pili
    Coral, Men Don't Cry, ORA, Hallway
  • Romain Duval
    Boso Rojin
  • Simon Besse
  • Angèle Delorme
  • Claire Olivier
    Key Cast
  • Luka Kellou
    Key Cast
  • Raphael Nouguey
    Key Cast
  • Lily Vernay
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
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    English, French
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Ecole de la Cité
Director Biography - Louisa Pili

Louisa has always been passionate about music and film, starting with having a tantrum at age 6 because she wanted a violin. She was given a viola instead.
Shortly after at age 8 she took a chance and auditioned for a leading role in Safy Nebbou's movie "Le Cou De La Girafe" and landed the part starring as Matilde.
She followed this up by performing and touring on stage in "Le Malade Imaginaire" for La Comedie Française and doing voiceover work for several animated movies including the french dub of "Despicable Me" and the excellent collection of short stories "Fears Of The Dark".
During this time she started learning the guitar. Fast forward to 2011, at age 15, she moved (ran away more like...) to London and joined the psychedelic rock band Black Market Karma.
During this time she works at Amnesty International and uses all her paid leave to tourEurope extensively with the band. She buys an old Nikon to film video clips from the band and document tour life.
After seven years across the Channel, Lou headed back to Paris with the intention of getting back into to acting. By 2017 she had landed two roles in major Hollywood productions; "Papillion", a remake of the 70's Steve McQueen classic and "The 15:17 To Paris" directed by Clint Eastwood.

During the summer of 2017, she wrote her first script for upcoming feature film Men Don't Cry with Jason Elbaz, which approaches masculine vulnerability in an unusual and daring way. She is also currently working on an adaptation of an animated movie into a theater production.

In September 2019, she started Luc Besson's directing course at the Ecole de la Cité in Paris. From crafty to assistant director, from grip to electrician, she does absolutely every single job she can on any film she can.
She directs 7 short films during her time at the school, as well as two additional ones, this time, produced: Coral, and NOX.

During the whole time, she documented everything through Photography, learning to develop her own work with 35mm along the way.

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Director Statement

During March 2020’s first lockdown, to get out of my rut due to production shutdown of Coral, I started watching all the 8mm films my parents use to make during my childhood.
Watching it all back with a different outlook made me understand several things. That memory is very selective, and what is unbearable to the human mind is easily forgotten. 
I started writing about dissociative amnesia, and the childhood of the main character, Mike.
After months of research through the DSM (almost biblical psychiatric writings) and the knowledge of Jade (psychiatric consultant for NOX), I directed my research towards trauma in hyperactive children.
The complexity of neurobiological child psychology, yet quite unaccessible for most, seemed then very familiar. 

Far from a simple catharsis, I developed with NOX the study of a very particular case : a misunderstood child, whose resilience from deep sorrow, will attempt to survive through the strength of his imaginative creativity.