Are we doing enough or too little for our children? In this absorbing documentary, Erika Hníková raises questions about children following hyper-competitive parents who devote all their time to maximising their son’s physical and academic potential.
Swimming, running, piano lessons, hockey practice, endurance training, bilingual language games, bike riding and tennis; every possible exercise and training over and over again. This is the everyday reality for Miško, a three-year-old boy whose loving and hyper-competitive parents devote all their time to making him a future top athlete and successful human being according to the principles of the Kamevéda childrearing method – a complex approach to developing a child’s motor abilities and intellect. In their attempts to maximise their son’s potential, not one minute is wasted. A busy schedule doesn’t spare time for friendship and social interaction for either of them, but Miško, who is expected to excel in everything, surpasses his academic and physical performance peers. Keeping her distance and leaving the audience to form their own opinion, Hníková provokes discussion on the meaning of parenting today while following the family dynamic throughout the year in this absorbing documentary, unique, in-depth and focused.
Erika Hnikova, CZ / SK 2021, 80’, English subtitles
Special Jury Prize at the 2021 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival