But what is for her parents a cataclysmic upheaval, is an obvious and welcome transition period for teenage Lucy. She laughs off her dad's line of questions about what it means to be an adult, or a child, or what she wants to be when she grows up. She knows she cannot reasonable possess these answers but treats her father's obsessive documentation with good humor and ease. When asked if her prom night was a "dream come true" she rolls her eyes that such a thing even exists. When her father presses her for details on how the extended long distance will affect her relationship with her French boyfriend, she demurs from fairytale notions of 'true love conquering all' and simply states "it's difficult".
There's such a startling contrast between Lucy's sense of the limitless possibilities of life against her grandfather's sense of obligation and regret that it at times feel like they exist in two separate universes and not a quick Amtrak jaunt down to Florida. It's little wonder her departure has put her father into a tailspin of mid-life angst. Concerned that he is too much like his father and not enough like his daughter (while somewhat oblivious to the fact he is largely responsible for the wonderful person she has become) in the third chapter of this trilogy the focus on his own, transitional generation will be a fascinating grace note.
The Kids Grow Up screened as part of the HotDocs 2010 program and will be in select cities soon.