Bleak Night 2010
Pasookkoon (original title)
PG-13 | 1h 56min | Drama | 3 March 2011 (South Korea)
Three best friends, Ki-tae, Dong-yoon, and Hee-june; they thought their friendship would last forever. A few tiny cracks of distrust start to develop among these best friends. Ki-tae and Hee-june are suddenly filled with misunderstanding and hated, and Ki-tae starts to use violence against Hee-june. When Dong-yoon finds out about Ki-tae’s behavior toward Hee-june, he tries to stop Ki-tae but fails. Instead, what started out as little doubts, push these three boys into the point of no return.
Eyes Wide Open 2009
Einayim Petukhoth (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 31min | Drama, Romance | 2 September 2009 (France)
Aaron (Zohar Shtrauss), a respected butcher and a family man in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, leads a conservative life of community devotion and spiritual dedication. Aaron’s life undergoes a series of emotional changes following the arrival of a young apprentice (Ran Danker) to his shop. Consumed with lust, the handsome “Yeshiva” student irreversibly transforms the intricate beliefs in the once-devoted butcher’s life – leading Aaron to question his relationships with his wife Rivka (Tinkerbell), children, community, and God.
I Am Guilty 2005
Falscher Bekenner (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 34min | Drama, Thriller | 6 April 2006 (Germany)
Armin Steeb is adrift: just finished with school, living with his middle-class parents, clueless about finding work. He tries connecting with a girl, he engages in risky sex with strangers in public toilets, he goes to job interviews. He also sends an anonymous letter to a local Munich newspaper, claiming responsibility for a fatal road accident. He fitfully pursues notoriety as he goes through life nearly without affect. What will it take to get Armin to smile?
Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes 2000
Not Rated | 1h 22min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 January 2002 (Hungary)
Germany in the 1970s. Whilst waiting for his girlfriend, a young student, Franz, allows himself to be picked up by 50-year old businessman, Léopold. In his apartment, Léopold provokes Franz into revealing his homosexual experiences and soon manages to seduce him. Six months later, Frantz has moved in with Léopold and they appear to live as an ordinary married couple. The strain is beginning to show, however, and after a row Frantz threatens to leave. Whilst Léopold is away, Frantz is visited by his former girlfriend, Anna, and their romance is soon rekindled. Before the two lovers can escape, Léopold returns and his charms persuade Anna to stay. Léopold’s ex-lover Vera then makes an unexpected appearance and the menagerie is complete…
Two moments of Jonas’s life intertwine, each reflecting the other: in 1997, when he was a secretive teenager, and 18 years later, as an attractive and impulsive thirty-something looking for balance in his life. His life was turned upside-down when he was 14 and met Nathan, a charismatic friend who was both intriguing and daring. Now an adult, this memory still haunts Jonas and he’s unable to shake free of it. He walks through the town of his past, trying to put his life in order like the blocks in Tetris that he frantically played on his Game Boy as a teen.
Paper Dove 2003
Paloma de papel (original title)
1h 30min | Drama | 25 September 2003 (Peru)
Juan, a young man convicted of terrorism, is given amnesty from a Lima prison; he boards a bus to return home and, in his mind’s eye, recalls events in his village near Huaraz when he was 10 or 12. His father is long dead, his mother lives with Fermin, secretly a sympathizer with the Communist guerrillas in the hills. Town leaders are assassinated at night. When Juan discovers Fermin’s secret, Juan is spirited away to the guerrillas to learn Marxist slogans and how to fight. When the band decides to attack the town to avenge the death of a comrade, Juan must choose. There are no white hats on any side: critical thought without love of life bears no fruit, writes Erich Fromm.