Nicolas is an insecure child plagued by visions of disasters and horrible accidents. In his dreams and daydreams, he sees his father in a car crash, his brother abducted, and his own classmates shot at by men in white masks. His peers tease him or simply ignore him. Even Nicolas’s teachers are frustrated by his lack of social skills. His paranoid father is of little help. Nicolas disconnects from the world around him.
On a class trip to the ski country, Hadkann, the class bully, befriends Nicolas and becomes intrigued by his dreams. When Nicolas takes ill, the line between reality and hallucination blurs as his startling visions begin to come true. When police find a dead child in the woods, Nicolas knows there is a connection between his crime and his visions, and with Hadkann’s help, he sets out to find it.
Class Trip, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, is on Picture This! Entertainment’s ( www.picturethisent.com) label “Tales from the Orphanage.” Whereas its Picture This! Home Video label caters to a gay/lesbian audience, Tales from the Orphanage presents dark and creepy coming-of-age films for all audiences, gay and straight alike. Available in DVD format only. —Troy Carrington