Synopsis: Milo, an isolated 10-year-old boy with 'sensitive skin', lives a life rigidly controlled by his father. Sparked by his first friendship, he runs away from home to attend the school camping trip - but never arrives. He falls into the hands of an ageing criminal couple, with whom he enjoys pure freedom from constraint - until he learns the shocking truth about his skin condition. Filled with doubt about his father's love for him, Milo must try to come to terms with who he really is.
Genre: Drama
Production: Magnet Releasing
  2 nominations.
94 min

[soft piano music] [water running] [ticking] [door opens in distance] [speaking Romanian] [speaking Romanian] [ticking] So, before I share some of my

feng shui insider secrets, on how to energize

your wealth area, I'd just like to take

a moment to talk to you

about this brand new, bamboo fabric range,

by Eco skin. Now, I'm joined once again by

my beautiful wife, Nadia, and my wayward son, Milo. There here to tell you how

they've got on with the

clothes, all week. Nadia, how does that feel? Bamboo fabric. Well Brand, it feels

smooth on the skin. Like silk or cashmere. And I love the design. There you go. Comparable with two of the most

luxurious fabrics out there. And believe me,

my wife knows. [chuckles] as I say, Milo has been wearing

the clothes all week, so, Milo. -What's the verdict?

-Great. -[Brand] Another subscriber.

-Milo. [speaking Romanian] -[speaking Romanian]

-[Brand] That's right,

no running. -And no Romanian.

-Sorry dad. -[man 1] Ok, careful.

-[man 2] Ok go on. [man 1] Steady, watch out

for that step. -[Nadia speaks Romanian]

-[Milo] Ok mama. [chatter in background] [Caitlin] Hey, you're the

next door boy, aren't you? [Caitlin] Do you know them? [Milo] Of course,

they're in my class. Then they're in my class too. Will you introduce me? [Milo] That's Tommy,

his father owns a bakery. That's Tommy's best friend,

Patrick. They call him Fanny cause his

last name's Fannigan. [chuckles] I heard there's a camping trip

next week. Are you going? -No.

-Why not? My dad says that children

who go on camps, have parent's that want

to get rid of them. [knocking] [soft music playing

in distance] Dad? -[knocking]

-[thud] [Brand] What have I told you

about knocking and waiting? I wrote a haiku. [scoffs] Bright colored pencils, moving ever, up and down, the sunny sky. Wow. I see a beautiful picture of us

summer landscape. It's good Milo, it's really

good, I'm very impressed. What's the key though? -The sunny sky.

-Good boy. Now what have you got wrong? It's a haiku. You've got five syllables

in the first line, you've got seven syllables

in the second line, but you've only got

four in the third. Come on, sit down,

we'll look at it together. Moving ever, up and down, the... -Clear blue sky--no.

-Dad. I really want to go on the

camping trip this year. [Brand] The indigo sky,

that's it! -Please can I go.

-[Brand] No. We've talked about this before,

Milo. It's not on the curriculum. [Milo] It's only a week dad. And I'll use my cream,

like I do all the time. [Brand] This is not

negotiable Milo. [Milo] Why? I bet if I

asked Grandad, he'd let me go-- [Brand] Now you listen to me

young man. Your grandad, has absolutely no authority

over you whatsoever. I do. [teacher] So once again this

is an identity project. That means I want to see

from your presentations what

defines you as individuals. Your past, your present

and your future. Sean I want to see

more of your future. Perhaps you can tell us which

particular job in the military

suits your personality and why. I want to see more materials

for your presentations after

the mid-term breaks, so you have enough

time to collect them. And Milo, I want to see more of

you and less of your dad. And I still want to see some

photos of you as a baby. I Haven't any. My dad lost them

when we moved house. [children chuckle] well then we'll find something

else to bring along, ok? -Miss, miss, I have an idea.

-[teacher] Yes, Tommy? What if Milo takes his camera,

goes down to the zoo, and takes a photo

of a baby skunk, then he'll have his baby

picture. -[children chuckle]

-[teacher] Tommy I will

not warn you again! [bell rings] -[Tommy] Ow!

-[children indistinctively

yelling] [Rochelle] For an act of

violence like this, I'm actually

required to suspend him. [Nadia] What about those

other boys rushing, are you suspending them too? I see them sticking up their

finger up like this. Every single morning. [Rochelle] Look I've given

this situation a great

deal of thought, and I think there's

a specific contact-- [Nadia] Of course, those boys

pick on my son, every day. And now they call him a skunk. Those little bastards. -[teacher] Please.

-[Rochelle] What please? That's why he lashes out,

what do you expect? Mrs. Mulder, two wrongs

do not make a right. I honestly fell punishment

isn't the answer here. You see there are wider issues

effecting Milo's alienation

from the group. I want Milo to be integrated. Because if he remains an

outsider for the rest of his

life, there'll be other bullies. More violence if you will. -Do you agree?

-[exhales] [Rochelle] Maybe it's time to

look this bee square in the eye,

and, get you more integrated. The upcoming camping trip

for example. I think that'd be a good

opportunity for Milo to spend

more time with the other pupils, -and actually make

some friends.

-[Nadia] He won't be going. -[Rochelle] Nadia, come on,

we haven't finished here.

-[Nadia] Yes we have. Thank you for not

suspending Milo, but I still want those boys

punished and off his back. [Rochelle] I'll hold a place

open for him, in case you

change your mind. [Caitlin chuckles] That's my

dad. That's me. What's the cream for? Can you keep a secret? -Do you promise you

won't tell anyone?

-I promise. I have a skin condition. That's why I'm not allowed

a shower in gym. Is it contagious? I don't think so. You don't smell like

a baby skunk to me. [Caitlin chuckles] -[chuckling]

-[Milo] Hey, stop. [Brand] Is that the kind of

impression you want to make? Answer me. -Caitlin didn't care.

-Really? Well, Caitlin wasn't the one, making a fool of herself, soaked to the skin on a

trampoline, was she? While you were busy acting

the idiot, she was busy

laughing at you. -No she wasn't.

-Yes she was, I could hear

her from the house. Caitlin isn't like that. Do we really know her? Look. [sighs] every time people find out

something, negative about you, they'll judge you for it. Everyone does it. That's why, we have to be so careful about

how we present ourselves. All the time. Do you understand? Do you? Hurry up sweetheart. He's letting you flog his base,

he must be losing his touch. [Brand] What's that

supposed to mean? Buying in to what you do,

selling that nonsense

over the internet. -Dad I have explained this to--

-I know better than

a carpet beggar. Nadia, darling, pour me some

more of that, will you? [Brand] Martha Stewart,

is she a carpet beggar? [grandad] Who? Never heard

of her, i-is she Irish? [Brand] No dad, she's American. And she's built a multi-billion

dollar enterprise based on

exactly the same principle. I suppose all these people out

there, who want to be screwed. Worse part is, you believe in

that feng shui orchid yourself. Feng shui. So... How's your photography

coming along champ? Haven't taken any grandad. You haven't lost interest,

have you? No. It's just... My cameras are confiscated

for two weeks. Are they? Not to worry. I'll dig out my old SLR for you. -And, how's school?

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