By Don Simpson | April 27, 2012
Director: Jenny Deller
Writer: Jenny Deller
Starring: Perla Haney-Jardine, Marin Ireland, Anubhav Jain, Amy Madigan, Jenny Dare Paulin, Michael Porter, Ernest Rosas Roze, William Sadler, Lili Taylor
Growing up I was always worried about the effects of pollution on the environment. Very few things upset me more than finding litter on the green belt behind my parents’ house or breathing in automobile exhaust and secondhand cigarette smoke; but I was way too naive for my concerns to be global. I was more concerned about the environment in which I lived, specifically the places where I liked to play.
The concerns of Laduree (Perla Hadey-Jardine) are much more modern and global than mine were in the 1980s. She realizes that our world is in danger and humans are on the verge of extinction. These are some serious issues for a thirteen year old girl to grapple with, and she takes it all quite seriously. Laduree is incredibly well read, she works hard at school, and she takes it upon herself to test possible solutions to slow down the effects of climate change.
In many ways, our world needs more eighth graders like Laduree; but it is also sad to see a kid carry so much responsibility and stress. It is as if the future of the world rests solely upon Laduree’s shoulders; while the rest of the human race carries on with their lives, unaware of the destiny of their extinction. As if the dismal state of the Earth’s environment is not enough of a burden for Laduree, her mother (Marin Ireland) runs away from home. Laduree tries to go at it alone, continuing to live in their trailer home; but with no income, that is definitely not a long-term solution. Eventually Laduree moves in with her grandmother (Amy Madigan), who has plenty of problems of her own.
Writer-director Jenny Deller’s Future Weather weighs Laduree’s immediate personal concerns against her ever-present worries about the future of the world. Luckily, everything is given equal importance, proving that no matter how consumed we become in our personal affairs, we need to remain conscious (and conscientious) of the state of our environment.