Of Freaks and Men 1988
Pro urodov i lyudey (original title)
1h 33min | Comedy, Drama, History | 1998 (Russia)
Dariya the maid getting a boy to touch her large breast is just one incident that occurs when Yohan and Victor infiltrate two families, forcing young Liza and blind Ekaterina to appear in porn, but they are not so innocent themselves.
What Remains 2005
Not Rated | 1h 20min | Documentary | 2005 (USA)
A look at the creative process of celebrated photographer Sally Mann.
1h 28min | Fantasy, Drama | 2018
In a future medieval world, after the collapse of our civilization, man has repeated all the same mistakes again, and installed a new system of law based on false science and superstitious beliefs. Worst of all their deviances now, is anyone who dares to consume or even touch the sweet-tasting ‘Chisa’ flower. Once caught, they are permanently banished from the village, and made to live a life of solitude and poverty. Most prone to this deviance are children – known by elders as ‘vessels for evil’ – since their natural curiosity makes them prey to temptation. Yet these rejected children, left to their own devices, free and as wild as the wind, are discovering the true power of this plant and its teachings. Its sap contain what most adult fear: a vision of the truth. They have learned so much that some villagers even accuse these children of witchcraft.
When Father Was Away on Business 1985
Otac na sluzbenom putu (original title)
R | 2h 16min | Drama | 11 October 1985 (USA)
Tito’s break-up with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of not only confusing, but also very dangerous years for many hard-core Yugoslav communists. A careless remark about the newspaper cartoon is enough for Mesha to join many arrested unfortunates. His family is now forced to cope with the situation and wait for his release from prison. The story is told from the perspective of Malik, his young son who believes the mother’s story about father being “away on business”.
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.
Barfuss ins Bett 1988
Barfuß ins Bett (original title)
55min | Drama, Family | TV Series (1988–1990)
Dr. Hans Schön, widower and busy senior physician of a gynecological clinic, would probably never have known the kindergarten teacher Josi correctly, if his mother Martha did not fall off his bike one day. As long as the caring grandmother is in the hospital, a replacement for the care of five-year-old Robert must urgently be found. Schön’s great son Clemens is spending his school holidays at a campsite on the Baltic Sea. Fortunately, Robert’s educator agrees to take the alert boy. The days with little Robert also distract Josi a bit from her own grief. She is pregnant, but her boyfriend does not want the child and threatens to leave Josi.
Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull 1982
1h | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (1982– )
Felix, the lucky one: Where other literary “confessions” look back on a stony path of character formation, the title hero of Thomas Mann’s picaresque novel tells his self-satisfied, sincere and free from any remorse in his life. At the turn of the century Felix grew up as the son of sparkling wine producer Krull (Klaus Schwarzkopf). Already as a young lad he learns to master the keyboard of social rituals with great mastery and comes to the realization: The world wants to be cheated! No fraud, however, is this first-class adaptation of the novel.
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky 1938
Detstvo Gorkogo (original title)
1h 38min | Biography, Drama | 27 September 1938 (USA)
A drama reveals the great writer’s inauspicious early years as an orphan raised by conniving relatives.