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| Cette comédie dramatique américaine "Pay it forward","Un monde meilleur", ou "Payez au suivant au Québec" illustre très bien ce que j'appelle l'Amour Absolu http://connaitre-le-monde.xooit.com/t352-L-amour.htm?start=15#p2514
C'est la rentrée des classes dans une petite ville de la banlieue de Las Vegas, aux États-Unis. Le nouveau professeur, Eugène Simonet, donne un devoir inhabituel : trouver une idée pour rendre le monde meilleur et la mettre en pratique.
Le jeune Trevor prend très au sérieux ce devoir. Il propose de miser sur la bonté de l'humanité, en rendant un service important à trois personnes. En échange, le jeune élève passe le relais : il demande aux personnes aidées de rendre service à trois personnes à leur tour. Et ainsi de suite.
D'une façon très sérieuse, il va s'atteler à cette tâche et tenter d'aider un sans domicile fixe, le professeur Simonet (et indirectement sa propre mère, alcoolique), et son ami Adams, qui ont chacun leurs problèmes. Trevor va se révéler un garçon inventif et généreux, mais aussi en manque d'affection et de repères dans un monde qui l'ignore.
Le jeune garçon remarque une faille dans son plan : il est parfois difficile, pour quelqu'un habitué à son monde, de changer.
When 11½-year-old Trevor McKinney (Osment) begins seventh grade in Las Vegas, Nevada, his social studies teacher Eugene Simonet (Spacey) gives the class an assignment to devise and put into action a plan that will change the world for the better. Trevor's plan is a charitable pyramid scheme, based on good deeds rather than profit. He calls his plan "Pay it forward", which means the recipient of a favor does a favor for a third party rather than paying the favor back.
Trevor does a favor for three people, asking each of them to "pay the favor forward" by doing favors for three other people, and so on, along a branching tree of good deeds. His first good deed is to let a homeless man named Jerry (James Caviezel) live in his garage, and Jerry pays the favor forward by doing car repairs for Trevor's mother. Trevor's efforts appear to fail when Jerry relapses into drug addiction, but Jerry will pay his debt forward later in the film by talking a suicidal woman out of jumping off a bridge.
Meanwhile, Trevor's mother Arlene (Hunt) confronts Eugene about Trevor's project after discovering Jerry in their house. Then Trevor selects Eugene as his next "pay it forward" target and tricks Eugene and Arlene into a romantic dinner date. This also appears to fail until Trevor and Arlene argue about her alcoholism and she slaps him in a fit of anger. The two adults are brought together again when Trevor runs away from home and Arlene asks Eugene to help her find him.
After finding Trevor, Arlene begins to pursue Eugene sexually. Eugene has burn marks visible on his neck and face, and he initially resists Arlene's overtures. When they finally sleep together, he is seen to have extensive scarring over his torso. Arlene accepts Eugene's physical disfigurement, but abandons their relationship when her alcoholic ex-husband Ricky (Jon Bon Jovi) returns to her, claiming to have given up drinking. Ricky's return angers Eugene, whose own mother had a habit of taking his abusive, alcoholic father back. He explains that his father intentionally burned him, and he warns Arlene of Ricky's potential to abuse Trevor. When Ricky resumes his abusive behavior, Arlene realizes her mistake and asks him to leave again.
Trevor's school assignment marks the beginning of the story's chronology, but the opening scene in the film shows one of the later favors in the "pay it forward" tree, in which a man gives a car to Los Angeles journalist Chris Chandler (Jay Mohr). As the film proceeds, Chandler traces the chain of favors back to its origin in Trevor's school project. After her date with Eugene, Arlene paid Trevor's favor forward by forgiving her own mother Grace (Angie Dickinson) for her mistakes in raising Arlene, and Grace, who is homeless, helped a gang member escape from the police. The gang member then saved a girl's life, and the girl's father gave Chandler his new car.
Chandler finally identifies Trevor as the originator of "pay it forward" and conducts a recorded interview in which Trevor describes his hopes and concerns for the project. Eugene, hearing Trevor's words, realizes that he and Arlene should be together. As Eugene and Arlene reconcile with a passionate embrace, Trevor is stabbed while defending a friend against a group of bullies, and he consequently dies at the hospital. This news is reported on television, and Eugene and Arlene are soon visited by hundreds of people who have participated in the "pay it forward" movement, gathering in a vigil to pay their respects to Trevor.
Il n’y a point de génie sans un grain de folie