Who hasn't felt apprehensive at the thought of starting high school? Playing on imagination and humour, this short film offers viewers a thought-provoking piece dealing with the transition that young people between the ages of 10 and 13 experience. Inspired by the work of Escher and Magritte, Catherine Arcand has created a graphically rich film through optical illusions and trompe-l'oeil effects. Her style aptly illustrates the theme of perceptions and is perfectly suited to conveying the dream world into which the film takes us. A film without words.
Ages 10 to 17
Study Guide - Guide 1
Diversity - Identity
Family Studies/Home Economics - Parenting
Health/Personal Development - Body Image
Health/Personal Development - Bullying & Discrimination
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Human Growth and Development
Ask students to discuss some of their fears and apprehensions about school, especially starting a new school. Are these fears justified? Explore some of the reasons why public speaking is intimidating for students. What can your teachers do to help you overcome this fear? What strategies can you use to help yourself?