Chloe, a sensitive
teenager, Emil, her mischievous
6-year-old brother, and their
mom Rose are at Grandma’s for
the summer. Mom is very serious,
Grandma is childish. They don’t get
on. The old lady entertains the kids
by talking about an imaginary island
on the pond behind the house, but
Mom doesn’t like these tales. She
especially thinks Chloe is too old
for such stories, and that it’s time
for her to grow up. Chloe is torn
between Grandma and Mom: stay
a child or become a grown-up?
One afternoon, as her mother has
asked her to take care of her little
brother, he disappears. Chloe panics.
Grandma is convinced Emil has
been kidnapped by a creature of the
Island. Chloe and Grandma sneak
away from Mom and travel to the
island – Chloe realizes it really exists!
There, Chloe must find her little
brother, using her imagination and
maturity at the same time. She will
understand one can grow up and
still be a child at heart. She’ll show
it to her mom and Grandma, and
I grew up in a big family. I learned everything from them. I inherited their values, their traditions and also the ones from their parents and grandparents. Like plenty of other friends, though, I also have family members who don’t get along. Who quarrel about conflicts from the past, conflicts that seemingly can’t be solved. Suddenly, there seems to be a break, a wall. And a new generation that might not have access to the heritage of traditions, tales and knowledge. I want to make a film about family. About transmission, about reconciliation and growing up. A film about kids exploring an old world of tales and myths that is almost lost. I am very much influenced by the eerie and poetic stories by Neil Gaiman, like The Ocean at the End of the Lane.