A No-Hit No-Run Summer

A No-Hit No-Run Summer

Big things happened in the summer of 1969: a man walked on the moon; Woodstock took over a field in upstate New York. But little things were going on as well. A No-Hit No-Run Summer (Un été sans point ni coup sûr) tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who spends the summer tossing a […]

Big things happened in the summer of 1969: a man walked on the moon; Woodstock took over a field in upstate New York. But little things were going on as well. A No-Hit No-Run Summer (Un été sans point ni coup sûr) tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who spends the summer tossing a ball around and growing a little older.

Martin’s father (Patrice Robitaille) wants to fill his summer vacation with scouts but Martin (Pier-Luc Funk) will not hear of it. He has spent the last year practicing to tryout for the local baseball team and having imaginary discussions about technique with his hero, Mack Jones (Phillip Jarrett). Unfortunately, the coach (Roy Dupuis) simply recreates last year’s team. To relieve his son’s disappointment, Martin’s dad forms a B-team of kids that didn’t make the cut. It is through this thoughtful gesture Martin discovers his father is not all-knowing – particularly when it comes to baseball.

The movie is given more depth through the multiple stories playing out in addition to the one described. Martin’s mother has liberated herself from the house to the working world; a 12-year-old girl is stuck between childhood and womanhood; and a boy is pushed too far by his loudmouthed father. However, because they are background narratives none of them are fully explored or resolved, which causes the film to feel incomplete.

The picture is also stylistically problematic as it jumps from the present to flashbacks to slow motion so often it distracts from the narrative. In this case, the art house approach is not an effective method of storytelling.