By Luciana Leitão

Whenever I look at my two year old son, I see potential. I see the possibilities in front of him. And I feel the responsibility of helping to turn that potential into something real and great. I strongly believe that education is everything. But what is the best model? Is it the one everybody knows and is more comfortable with? Or is there out there something better? Captain Fantastic, by Matt Ross, is a thought-provoking film, questioning everything we think we know, in the art of education.

I have often wondered whether traditional schools are not overrated. Even though I do believe the social interaction a child gets in school is something not to be undermined, I do question the methods. I have often read about home schooling or other type of schools, which focus on different skills, exposing children to the outdoors, to the land, to all sorts of more physical challenges. Learning through practice or using tools. Learning without being stuck in a classroom listening to a teacher speak for 50 minutes.

Captain Fantastic follows the life of a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen), in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, away from society, in his task of turning six young children into fabulous adults. Yet, tragedy strikes, and he is forced to question everything he firmly believed in, going to the outside world and facing the difficulties of the reality he has created.

It’s a great film. Viggo Mortensen is extraordinary in his role as a, to say the least, out-of-the-box father. His six children have turned out extraordinarily educated, without having access to the modern life distractions. Apart from highly knowledgeable, his six children have turned out open, sincere and truthful. But are they ready to be with the rest of the society?

This film condensed all my questions in 1h58 min, and added more to the list. Definitely, not to be missed.