Originally one of four dramas based on real life incidents, in a series entitled "Shock Waves", Ursula Meier's film stood out and achieved recognition as a unique portrayal of a case which shocked all of Switzerland some nine years ago. Short and to the point, it is the story of a boy who shoots both his parents. The story becomes even more poignant when it turns out that encouraged by his French teacher, like the rest of his class, to write an intimate diary, the boy poured out his heart in writing and described his intentions and motivations in detail, in what his teacher thought might be a piece of literature rather than the statement of definite intention. Dealing at one and the same time with parental conduct, adolescent psychosis, educational responsibility, literary influences and more, Meier's film displays exemplary restraint from sensationalism, sticking to the facts as they were known. The focus is on the teacher's traumatic attempt to understand and on the boy's confused manner of making some sense of his unbearable acts. The performances of both Ardant and Mottet-Klein, who has already played in two of Meier's previous films, are admirable, and the film is a lesson to many of the American filmmakers who turn every school drama into a blood soaked extravaganza.
URSULA MEIER – Born in Belgium, the French-speaking Swiss filmmaker was best known, for a long time, as a short films and documentary director. Her first full length fiction film, “Home” (2008), starring Isabelle Huppert and Kacey Mottet-Klein, was selected for Cannes' Critics Week, her second feature, “L'enfant D'en Haut” (2012) again with Mottet-Klein in the lead, was awarded a Silver Bear in Berlin.