Moments of joy, bonding and roughhousing on a school trip to the beach counterpoint one teen boy’s introspective sexual awakenings and questionings. Magnificent cinematography and editing create a visual feast that provides the imagery for a narrated poem by Peter Laberge alluding to early homosexual desires, but with Catholic overtones never directly expressed. This is a moving examination of becoming aware of one’s difference—yes, this can be frightening, as can be the threats to one’s safety that still come with it. “And he likes us until he doesn’t / Like trees struck by lightening / We aren’t visible until we’re on fire.”—from “Boy Saint” by Peter Laberge
La fin de l’été 2019
1h 32min | Drama | TV Movie 27 September 2019
Ali, 15, and his younger brother Selim spend their summer holidays in the country with their grandparents, André and Françoise. The opportunity for Ali to finally leave the world of childhood, because he has decided: he is ready for his first time, the time of a summer that will be for him forever unforgettable. But, echoing his love torment, there are also those of his grandmother’s illness and his grandfather’s daily struggle to cope with the wavering memory of his wife.
On the Tip of the Tongue 1976
Du bout des lèvres (original title)
1h 30min | Drama, Romance | 22 April 1976 (Belgium)
Fernand is a solitary, observant, different from other teenagers of his age while being so close to them. He is fifteen, the age of stealthy glances, lies and infinite dreams.
Madame Boirin is also lonely, fugitive, ambiguous against the friends of Fernand, Georgette the sweet and Christine the tease. Will she respond to Fernand’s interest in him? She who could be his young mother.
Fernand watches, spies, observes the comings and goings of the body of this woman who, in certain circumstances, dares to ignore him. Precisely, trick, Fernand approaches, runs up and talks to him.
Kindly amused, duped or not, Madame Boirin, listens, smiles and above all, is interested in him. Through their encounters and helping jealousy, this almost filial love will turn into an irresistible physical attraction: Fernand will vibrate by and for her. She, tenderly moved, understanding or so alone, will accept her advances until, become her ‘little God’. She introduces him.
Pond Life 2018
1h 40min | Drama | 26 April 2019 (UK)
Summertime, 1994. In a quiet mining village just outside Doncaster, a rumour stirs about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby decoy ponds. Trevor takes watch one night at the water’s edge. The following night, he decides to lead a brigade of young friends and neighbours on a fishing expedition. In a world of broken families, cassette tapes and rumbling political fever, these friends, each with their own struggles to bear, share a moment of harmony as they witness the carp for themselves that they will never forget.
The Devil Outside 2018
1h 43min | Drama | 22 June 2018 (UK)
Robert Eastwood is an innocent, brought up in a world of Born Again Christianity that’s taught him to look for signs and to believe evil in waiting just outside the front door. When he goes to school he’s shocked to discover that no one else thinks the world was made in 7 days or that Jesus will be returning. Caught between his Mother, who’s determined to bring Jesus’ love to a dead mining town, and his best friend Marcus who’s introduced him to teenage rebellion Robert becomes the centre of a spiritual tug of war as he tries to escape his religious beliefs. It’s then that he discovers a dead body in the woods and realises God has sent him a sign. The Devil Outside is a story of everyday madness.
Secret World 1969
La promesse (original title)
M | 1h 34min | Drama | 9 July 1969 (USA)
After a terrible car wreck in which he lay helpless under the body of his mother for hours, 11-year-old François is living with his grandparents. When his grandfather’s mistress (Jacqueline Bisset) comes to pay them a visit, she and François find a great deal in common.