As We Were Dreaming 2015
Als wir träumten (original title)
1h 57min | Drama | 26 February 2015 (Germany)
In 1990s east Germany, three boys are in love with techno music and start their own club.
Mysteries of Lisbon 2010
Mistérios de Lisboa (original title)
Not Rated | 4h 32min | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 20 October 2010 (France)
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.
Captain Johnno 1988
Not Rated | 1h 36min | Drama, Family | TV Movie 17 April 1988
A young deaf boy who calls himself “Captain Johnno” befriends Tony, an Italian fisherman in the small Australian fishing town they live in. Both feel outcast by the town and both share a great love of the sea. When Johnno’s beloved sister leaves to go to boarding school, he is so upset he runs away to an island hiding place, causing much distress in the town. His friend Tony helps him understand how much he is loved and missed by the townsfolk and his family.
Where the Red Fern Grows 2003
PG | 1h 26min | Drama, Family | 3 May 2003 (USA)
Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.
First Love 1970
Erste Liebe (original title)
R | 1h 30min | Drama, History, Romance | 23 April 1971 (West Germany)
Based on Ivan Turgeyev’s novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the girl (Dominique Sanda as Sanaida) falls in love with the boy’s father (Maximilian Schell). This film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1970’s Academy Awards.
The Alienist 2018
TV-MA | 1h | Drama, Mystery | TV Series (2018)
The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City’s first serial killers.
The Boys of Paul Street 1968
A Pál utcai fiúk (original title)
G | 1h 50min | Drama | 23 June 2015 (USA)
In Budapest, two rival gangs of young boys lay claim to a vacant lot. The hostilities escalate yet never quite boil over into actual violence. Just when things do get out of hand, however, the problem is “solved” by the city government, which takes over the lot for future development.
Palle Alene I Verden 1949
Palle alene i verden (original title)
25min | Short, Family, Fantasy | 1 February 1954 (Denmark)
I first saw this film in 1975 when I borrowed it from the public library. It’s about a little boy who wakes up to find himself alone in the world. He walks into a bank, a candy store, a toy store, drives a cable car (and crashes it into a parked cable car) and a fire engine. The climax of the story is him flying an airplane up to the moon. I won’t spoil it by giving away how it ends. (Since it is very difficult to find a copy to watch, there is still the hope one might be able to.)It is just an absolutely delightful film, a true classic in its own right. I don’t know who owns it or who has the rights to it, but I believe if they were to make this film available to the public on DVD, it would achieve cult status.
Jumping Over Puddles Again 1970
Uz zase skácu pres kaluze (original title)
1h 31min | Drama, Family | 10 February 1972 (Hungary)
A boy keeps his spiritedness and optimism in spite of polio.