8.5 10
2013 17min

Louis the Ferriswheel Kid

  • Dutch
  • English

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The move from elementary school to high school is tense for any child. But most children only have to leave behind the security of their old school, not their childhood home as well. This short documentary follows Louis, the child of a traveling carnival family; from the final day of his mobile school, to the day they leave him behind at the house where he will live for most of his high school years.

Louis the Ferriswhel Kid, growing up in an amusement park 

Louis is a child as free as the twists and turns of the amusement park where he grew up because of his parents' work. Going from town to town bringing joy and fun to the inhabitants has always been part of Louis's life. But now this is about to change. Louis, who has studied so far in a mobile elementary school, will have to move to the stability of a house where he can begging his high school years.

Filmmaker Tara Fallaux makes the portrait of this moment of change in the life of a child. With the ease that Louis's energy emits, the camera becomes a gravitating and restless standpoint when it comes to show how Louis plays with his younger brother, and attains an intimate emotional closeness when capturing their last embrace before they break away temporarily.


Tara Fallaux