On His Own 1939

On His Own 1939

On His Own 1939
V lyudyakh (original title)
1h 40min | Biography, Drama | 12 September 1939 (USA)

Storyline:

For the family really no money, Alexei began to make a living. Everything was limited to dirty chores, but while reading could end his depression. After hard working experience, he was determined to Kazan in the passion of being a strongmen.

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The Legend of Timm Thaler or The Boy Who Sold His Laughter 2017

The Legend of Timm Thaler or The Boy Who Sold His Laughter 2017

The Legend of Timm Thaler or The Boy Who Sold His Laughter 2017
Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen (original title)
1h 42min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 2 February 2017 (Germany)

Storyline:

The young Timm Thaler lives in the 1920s with his father in a small alley of a German city. Even when he grows up in poor circumstances, he is happy, and he has a laugh that nobody can resist. This is so contagious and disarming that Baron Lefuet, the fierce Baron, wants to have it.

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Squatterpunk 2007

Squatterpunk 2007

Squatterpunk 2007
Iskwaterpangk (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 19min | Documentary | 8 June 2010 (USA)

Plot:

Philippine underground filmmaker Khavn directed this purposefully rough and tumble portrait of life along the margins in Manila. Hapon is an eight year old boy living in a shantytown in the city’s poorest neighborhood. Despite the grinding poverty around him, Hapon seems to enjoy his life as he and his friends run free through the tumble down shacks they call home and play in the garbage-strewn streets. Hapon and his pals seem largely unconcerned with their future (or even entirely aware if they’ll ever have one) as they live for the moment in a place largely governed by misery. Featuring a pounding score by Philippine punk band the Broacks, Squatterpunk was screened in competition at the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

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Fortune and Men’s Eyes 1971

Fortune and Men's Eyes 1971

Fortune and Men’s Eyes 1971
R | 1h 42min | Drama | 15 June 1971 (USA)

Storyline:

The young, naive Smitty is sent to prison for six months; Cathy, his girlfriend, watches as he disappears behind the bars and barbed wire. He’s assigned a cell with Queenie, a balls-out drag queen, Rocky, a quiet but cocky con, and Mona, a young gay man who ministers to Rocky. Smitty watches in horror as gangs of inmates brutalize prisoners who lack protection. Those who complain risk beatings or murder at the hands of unsympathetic guards: all cries are bootless. Mona offers poetry – Shakespeare’s sonnet XXIX; Queenie and Rocky offer Smitty advice, and Rocky offers protection for a price. Smitty’s choices and their consequences are the film’s main subjects.

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Schellebelle 1919 (2011)

Schellebelle 1919 (2011)

Schellebelle 1919 (2011)
1h 40min | Drama | 27 July 2011 (Belgium)

Storyline:

After the Great War, traumatized Yser front hero Casimir Van De Velde returns home. He’s not amused to see his bitchy sister Coralie turned it into a virtual orphanage and home for other juvenile strays while their father, an even worse traumatized sniper but now utter lush, has to be chained in a barn. Yet Casimir soon takes to the kids and grows utterly protective of the irregular commune, which displeases the municipal authorities, who want the minors placed in official care and the land used for a project of the mayor’s business ally. French colonial cavalry veteran Latiff was hired into a band of ruffians to chase them, but decides to join instead and fight off the fiends.

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Thrill Ride 2016

Thrill Ride 2016

Thrill Ride 2016
PG | Adventure, Comedy | 17 August 2016 (USA)

Storyline:

For generations, there have been all kinds of wild rumors surrounding gangster Al Capone’s hidden fortune and the mysterious amusement park he built. When three kids sneak into the rundown park on the hunt for Capone’s loot, the attractions come to life and take the kids on a wild and dangerous ride beyond all imagination. Now to survive the night, they must team up with a friendly sea witch, find a secret underground ride and take on an evil mermaid, bloodthirsty pirates, a fire-breathing dragon and an armada of monsters. And all on a school night!

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