Island of Swans 1983

Island of Swans 1983

Island of Swans 1983
Insel der Schwäne (original title)
1h 25min | Drama | 28 April 1983 (East Germany)

Storyline:

Fourteen-year-old Stefan Kolbe, along with his mother and sister, moves from an idyllic small town to the developing area of Berlin-Marzahn, where his father works as a construction worker. Stefan must find his way in a completely new environment and surrounded by strange people. Stefan gets to know two girls, who attempt to seduce him, and gets himself into trouble with the landlord, who kisses up to societal authority figures. He becomes friends with the anxious Hubert, defends him against the constant humiliation of the older student Windjacke, and encourages him to stand up for himself. It ends tragically in a bitter fight between Stefan and Windjacke.

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The Boat Builder 2015

The Boat Builder 2015

The Boat Builder 2015
1h 28min | Adventure, Family | 6 November 2015 (USA)

Storyline:

A bitter old hermit known around town as ‘Captain Crazy’ reluctantly agrees to help a young orphan avoid the local bullies so long as he agrees to help him finish his half-built boat. The two gradually forge an unlikely bond, and the boat becomes their one chance to escape from the seaside village that harbors their troubles.

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Les Vauriens 2006

Les Vauriens 2006

Les Vauriens 2006
1h 25min | Drama | TV Movie 30 September 2006

Storyline:

The story of boys who were condemned to the severe reformatory regime in a French penal ‘colony’. It’s run by a former prison warden, based on ‘rehabilitattion’ trough manual labor and strict discipline. Young Reynard, a novice to crime and juvenile detention, meets horrible hardened villains and sadistic staff as well as people with some heart among fellow inmates and their supposed educators.

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The War 1994

The War 1994

The War 1994
PG-13 | 2h 6min | Drama | 4 November 1994 (USA)

Storyline:

Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and employment problems that have resulted from his Vietnam experiences.

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The Terence Davies Trilogy 1983

The Terence Davies Trilogy 1983

The Terence Davies Trilogy 1983
1h 41min | Drama | September 1984 (UK)

Storyline:

Davies’ film is divided into three segments entitled “Children”, “Madonna and Child”, and “Death and Transfiguartion”. The segments tell the life of Robert Tucker. The first segment looks at his birth and formative years in school, an austere boy’s school. The bleak environment is not aided by the loveless, violent domestic life he experiences. Nonetheless, his father’s death has a major impact on him. In the second segment, he is a closeted homosexual working in a grim office and still living at home with his daunting mother. In the final segment, he deals with his mother’s death and then faces his own impending doom. As his death approaches he flashes back to his life’s events.

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Up Among the Stars 2018

Up Among the Stars 2018

Up Among the Stars 2018
En las estrellas (original title)
1h 26min | Drama | 31 August 2018 (Spain)

Storyline:

Victor, an unemployed film director, his wife just died and left him a 9-year-old son. The difficulties depressed him so much and he became a drunk. The alcoholism was the only way to allow him to escape into the LaLaLand, the drunken illusions had become so real that he evolved into a great dreamer, telling wonderful stories to his son. His drunkenness also made him a would-be director who thought he himself actually directed those fantastic stories he told his son.

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