How to (re)make it in the movies
Merman directing duo Michel & Nico (or, more accurately, their offspring, Sacha & Robinson) raid the VHS archive for a retro-fuelled fan film to battle lockdown boredom.
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If Son Of Ranbow and Be Kind, Rewind taught us anything, it's that 'reimagining' classic (i.e. 80s) movies is the pinnacle of creative playfulness, and a neat way of teaching yourself the basics of movie-making.
That's certainly the opinion of Merman directors Michel & Nico, who, rather than taking on the conventional home-schooling curriculum whilst under Covid lockdown in France, instead educated their kids in the oeuvre of Spielberg, Donner and the like, then gave them carte blanche to construct their own versions.
The result is an entertaining and stunningly well-dressed film, Forever Young, that is in part existential commentary on the process of craft and in part rip-roaring fan film throwing more VHS titles at the screen than a Blockbuster rental store.
Aiding the charm of young creators Sacha & Robinson is the creative ingenuity of the brother director/dads; with on-brand typefaces, inspired animations and delightful homages working together to create the world's most comprehensive Swede project.