Time of the Wolf 2003
Le temps du loup (original title)
R | 1h 54min | Drama , Horror | 22 April 2004 (Hungary)
In an undefined time, the environment has been totally destroyed and now the water is contaminated and the animals have been burned. Georges Laurent travels with her wife Anne Laurent, their teenage daughter Eva and their son Ben from the city to their cabin in the countryside. On the arrival, they find that intruders have broken in the house, and one stranger kills George. Anne, Eva and Ben wander through the village asking for shelter and supplies for their acquaintances, but they refuse to help them. They reach an abandoned barn and spend the night inside. On the next morning, they meet a teenage boy and they walk together to a train station, where they find other survivors. Together, they wait for the train expecting to go to a better place in the middle of the chaos.
Skin Deep 1979
Senza buccia (original title)
1h 44min | Comedy , Romance | 31 October 1979 (Italy)
Giuliano and Nora, bourgeois siblings of Milan, are spending their holidays in the comfortable family villa in Vulcano, Eolie. With them there are friends Barbara, Giuliano’s fiancée, and Daniele, a young man who, apart from the usual rites, has no sexual experiences and is also shy. While Nora, after waiting in vain for Daniele to come forward, so she decides to leave them and follow other friends on the cruise, Giuliano remains faithful to Barbara until she meets nudist Trella, a young Swedish woman who is sailing with her husband, Bjorn. The situation becomes tense when middle aged Adriana, Giuliano and Nora’s mother’s friend arrives at the villa. Her sentimental relationship is in crisis. She little by little puts things right.
Kill or Be Killed 2004
13min | Short , Drama | 24 June 2004 (USA)
After his mother’s departure, 13-year-old David is headed down a dangerous path. Neglected by his alcoholic father Paul, who blames David for his failed marriage, David takes solace in shoplifting, playing violent video games and doing drugs. One day, David forms an unexpected and intense friendship with Edward, the new sissy kid in town. David and Edward’s friendship is tested after they have an intimate encounter that reveals David’s closely guarded secrets. After David publicly humiliates Edward, Edward retaliates by exposing David’s violent relationship with his father for the whole school to see. Embarrassed and exposed, David runs away for two days and realizes that he has a choice: continue down the path of self-hatred and cyclical abuse or learn to trust people that care about you.
Eighth Grade 2018
R | 1h 33min | Comedy, Drama | 3 August 2018 (USA)
In his feature film directorial debut, comedian Bo Burnham deftly encapsulates the awkwardness, angst, self-loathing and reinvention that a teenage girl goes through on the cusp of high school. Given that the 27-year-old stand-up comic achieved fame as a teenager himself through YouTube by riffing on his insecurities, he is uniquely capable as the film’s writer and director to tell the story of Kayla, an anxious girl navigating the final days of her eighth grade year, despite creating a protagonist w female instead of male. Like Burnham did more than a decade ago, 13-year-old Kayla turns to YouTube to express herself, where she makes advice blogs in which she pretends to have it all together. In reality, Kayla is sullen and silent around her single father and her peers at school, carrying out most of her interactions with her classmates on Instagram and Twitter. Her YouTube videos are a clever narrative tool that provide insight into her inner hopes and dreams, much like an inspirational online diary. One of Eighth Grade’s biggest triumphs is in its realism.