A group of 10-year-olds point and kick a young Chris on the basketball court at the school. He lifts up his head and grabs his toy rocket. He walks to class.
In the auditorium, he plays the guitar as one classmate listens to him. At recess, he sits on the pavement and watches his classmates play. A 10-year-old girl knocks the cap off his head as she runs back inside. He closes his eyes and his classmates become butterflies. While he rides his bicycle home, the cars and trucks fly in the sky. He stops and sees the automobiles above him. He puts his fingers on the rocket.
During dinner, his parents lecture him as he eats his beans. He crawls underneath the table to his room. In his room, he watches videos of the band playing on a field, a spaceship and the moon. He lies awake in bed and stares at his glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. He plays with his toy rocket and throws it out the window.
The toy rocket travels past his neighborhood and back to the school’s auditorium. He plays on stage while the whole school listens to him. In returns to the schoolyard in the afternoon. He jumps up and down in the boxing ring as his classmates clap for him. It continues to fly over a road with the lyrics on it and into space. The band plays on top of the planets.
Chris puts his rocket on his desk while he takes a test. His teacher asks him to put it away. He says it helps him. His classmates turn around and tease him. The teacher takes it and says he’ll get it after class. He hangs his head. Now he wasn’t going to do well. The rocket occupied him when his classmates ignored him. He rushes through the test and hands it in. He asks the teacher for the rocket. She tells him when the day is over. He pleads with her to give it back. His classmates pick up their heads and stare at him. The teacher tells him to go the principal’s office.
His parents told him to shape up while they ate dinner. They said there were more important things than a toy. They threaten to take away his tablet and television. As he sits in his bed, he plays with his rocket. It breaks his hands. He wails and pounds his bed. His parents run into the room and ask him what’s wrong. He shows him the crumpled pieces of the rocket. They promise to buy him another one tomorrow. He shakes his head and says it won’t work. It has to be that one. His mom picks up the pieces and sees if there’s anything they can do.
He walks into school without his rocket. Sitting in class, he answers questions and becomes friends with a new classmate. His new friend comes over the house and they play video games. He wins the school talent show. His classmates tell him they really liked his song and invite him over. His friends stand up for him during recess. At conferences, his teacher tells his parents he has improved a lot over the last half of the year and she’s really proud of his progress.
Director: Cloé Bailly Year: 2020