Three Kids

dir. Jonas d’Adesky, Belgium 2012, 82 min.




The eponymous 12-year-old kids from Haiti, Vitaleme Pierre and Mikenson (named after the amateur actors who play them), run away from the orphanage to try to live together in the streets of Port-au-Prince. It is January 2010 - their country suddenly experiences an earthquake. Boys do not have anywhere to go back to. They roam the ruins of the city in search of a treasure, they occupy abandoned buildings and play soccer on the rubble ... The school has been closed since the tragedy, so the boys brightly notice that they are on a perpetual break. Their bright colored t-shirts pop against the background of ruins and bring some life to the rubble. But for the boys, life is not always that colorful. It turns out that each of them - even before the disaster - has lost a loved one. Everyone yearns for someone.

After the earthquake in Haiti, Jonas d'Adesky, the author of "Three kids," volunteered to help there, and thus he met the heroes of his latter film. Young Belgian director-traveler, aware of local realities, avoids tearful tone and western arrogance, that only sees a "third world" here. From the kids' point of view, Destroyed Port-au-Prince is a tragedy but it is also a perfect playground; a "white man," a social worker who appears in the movie, as much as she wants to pull the boys out of homelessness, she also wants to educate them and make them more "civilized." "Three Kids" captivates a viewer with its para documentary flair; in the scene where one of the characters steals a bike, we even have references to the Italian neorealism. In his debut, the director showed both his instinct and intuition which have made this film both dramatic and delicate. (Adam Kruk)

Major festivals: Toronto International Film Festival 2012, Miami International Film Festival 2013