As a woman finds out about her terminal illness she tells her baby girl the story of her birth and records it as an attempt to exonerate her from the later to experience burdens and frustrations of growing without a mother.
In his short fiction film ‘A Whole World For A Little World‘ director Fabrice Bracq focuses on the clarity of thought demanded from the parents in moments of hardship. The parent-child relationship he concentrates on reflects the parental moral obligation to think in advance about the future of their child and direct all their actions towards assuring the child’s development is healthy and they get to live and exercise their abilities to their full potential without being bordered by their familial circumstances or their past.
The anticipatory gesture of the mother recording the story to serve as an advice for her daughter as she is about to grow is not only a proof of her great emotional discernment but also of her total dedication as a parent and of her delicacy when putting her role into practice. When she decides to prepare her daughter for life she packs the story about the family and her sickness as one of knights, kingdoms and dragons using metaphors and making it very easily ‘digestible’ for the innocence of her baby. As time passes and the baby becomes a teenager the message will only ‘maturate’ as a validation of the parent’s care and devotion to her child’s healthy evolution (especially from a psychological point of view). The child receives not only ‘guidelines’ from the person who eventually got to be the greatest absence in her life but also the evidence of her unconditional love preventing and exempting her from whatever disappointments she might feel tempted to give way to.
‘A Whole World For A Little World’ is a sensitive story about family and the way family deals with love and death, so far away from each other apparently, but so strongly connected at a closer look. ‘A Whole World For A Little World’ was awarded the TMFF 2nd Best Film Of March 2017 for its genuine power to sensitise.