Torzók (originl title)
1h 40min | Drama | 25 October 2001 (Hungary)
Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what’s best for Áron without consulting the young boy’s opinion, and the boy finds himself thrown out of his warm home into an orphanage in the woods. He’s utterly displeased by what’s happening, without knowing he has yet to face much worse. After a hard time getting over the harrassment of his classmates and being accepted as one of them, another obstacle on the way to his peace of mind faces him: His obnoxious teachers. He has no intention of being bad, but it’s beyond his ability to blend into the revolting place he’s in. The nasty treatment of the teaching crew gets the better of him, and he’s not all that calm and passive anymore. But that leads into unpleasant events which Áron himself wouldn’t want.
Young Torless 1966
Der junge Törless (original title)
1h 30min | Drama, History, Thriller | 20 May 1966 (West Germany)
At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The two decide that rather than turn Basini in to the school authorities, they will punish him themselves and proceed to torture, degrade, and humiliate the boy, with ever-increasing sadistic delight. As each day passes, the two boys are able to justify harsher treatment than previously given. Torless is a passive member of the group but observes rather than participates and frustrates the tormentors by dryly analyzing their behavior.
My life as a dog 1985
Mitt liv som hund (original title)
1h 41min | Drama, Comedy | 12 December 1985 (Sweden)
Ingemar lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother. He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika – the russian dog sent into space… He gets sent away to stay with relations for the summer. While there, he meets various strange characters, giving him experiences that will affect him for the rest of his life.
Caligola (original title)
2h 36min | Drama, History | 14 August 1979 (Italy)
The rise and fall of the notorious Roman Emperor Caligula, showing the violent methods that he employs to gain the throne, and the subsequent insanity of his reign – he gives his horse political office and humiliates and executes anyone who even slightly displeases him. He also sleeps with his sister, organises elaborate orgies and embarks on a fruitless invasion of Britain before meeting an appropriate end. There are various versions of the film, ranging from the heavily truncated 90-minute version to the legendary 160-minute hardcore version which leaves nothing to the imagination (though the hardcore scenes were inserted later and do not involve the main cast members).
Alfred gets bullied. Benny is a bully. Through a series of events they become friends, but Benny keeps their friendship a secret. Benny wants to teach Alfred to hit back. But after an accident, it turns out maybe Alfred also has something to teach Benny.
1h 37min | Drama | 22 May 2015 (Mexico)
Medeas is a daring and lyrical exploration of alienation and desperation through the intimate observation of a family’s inner lives and their relationship to each other and their environment. Without moral judgment, it probes the boundaries of human behavior and the lengths to which people can be driven for love and self-preservation.
Banned in Argentina for 20 years due to nude content involving minors, and thought to be lost. This impenetrably metaphoric and surreal movie by Jorge Polaco portrays a family in trouble. The father has a lover who physically worships him and walks around with pubic hair in different colors, the step-mom is depressed, breaks out in manic emotions and causes her husband to panic and order her repeatedly to open her eyes or to stop her outbursts. She also has a mentally handicapped big brother and an unhealthy phsyical and emotionally tense relationship with her step-son, a young boy who also walks around naked in some scenes. There are recurring themes of difficult relationships with dead or disabled ancestors, including a mummified grandfather whom they keep and abuse in the basement, an alluded car accident that haunts them, and a dotty grandmother who seems preoccupied with objects, as well as many busts and paintings of relatives. Other themes include a nursery of children or animals playing, and games between the father and his lover, and in-between, a strange symbolic character appears to give popcorn or chickens to the children. The film is mostly a series of emotional or playful interactions and raw outbursts between the characters, sometimes reminiscent of Zulawski, except that it is very static and doesn’t develop. This, together with the fact that the movie is not enjoyable on its own terms without its hidden meaning, made me derive no pleasure from it.