Born in a small, provincial French town, Anaïs and Emma have been best friends since childhood. It’s a friendship that’s blind to differences in social backgrounds and character. Given incredible access, Sébastien Lifshitz painstakingly filmed Emma and Anaïs’ transformation over the years, during a period when their physical, emotional and intellectual development is dramatic. We first meet them aged 13, their lives are dominated by boys, teachers and arguing with their mums. But as we witness them near adulthood, their journey is both fascinating and surprisingly moving. At the same time, the influence of their environment and family circumstances becomes increasingly apparent. New experiences, everyday conversations and events both personal and political anchor the film, creating a uniquely textured and deeply personal portrait of two young French women.
Spring in My Hometown 1998
Areumdawoon sheejul (original title)
2h | Drama, War | 21 November 1998 (South Korea)
A story of two 13-year-old boys in a small country village during the last days of the Korean War. Sungmin’s father gets a job at US army camp through his daughter’s American boyfriend, and the family gets richer. But Changhee’s father has been long-lost and his mother can’t even afford one meal a day for her children. One day, the boys peep into a deserted mill-house which is unofficially used for prostitution, and find out Changhee’s mother with a GI soldier. Changhee sets fire to the place and runs away. Months later, Sungmin hears a rumor that his best friend has been killed by a group of angry American soldiers and makes an empty grave with other boys. A year later, Sungmin’s father gets fired for stealing things from the camp. Sangmin goes to Changhee’s grave to bid farewell and the family leaves the village.
C’est quoi cette mamie?! (2019)
12 | 1h 39min | Comedy | 2 August 2019 (France)
After two years of joyous shared accommodation, the tribe of 7 half-brothers and sisters must leave the large apartment before the start of the school year. While everyone goes on vacation for the summer with their respective parents, Gulliver, the youngest, is sent alone to his grandmother by the sea. But the eccentric Mamie Aurore is not a babysitter. like the others and prefers to party rather than keep his grandson … The rest of the troop decides to come to his rescue. It is the start of a new revolution. She wanted to take it easy … They’re going to make her life hard!
When a fatherless 12-year-old boy attempts to put an end to his abuse from his brotherly neighbor, he’s later confronted by his own mother about her suspicion next door, and he must quickly decide who he’s willing to protect at the end.
Child Bride 1938
1h 2min | Drama | 2 March 1938 (USA)
12-year-old Jennie lives with her parents in extremely rural mountain country. Her schoolteacher Miss Carol, a mountain girl herself, went off to get educated and has returned hoping to stop the tradition of child marriage which permeates the culture. Jennie’s father Ira is a good man who tries to protect Miss Carol from the men who warn her to call off her crusade. One of those threatening men, Jake Bolby, has his eye on young Jennie and plots to make her his bride.
Emberatoriet meem 1972
1h 53min | Drama, Family | 1 July 1972 (Egypt)
Well off widow working Mother “Mona” is struggling raising 6 kids at different ages ranging from elementary school to University graduating students. The day she thinks to bring a new husband home proves to be a very difficult task.
At the age of 12 Shauly receives his first camera. 14 years later he finds the recordings. From his mature perspective ,Shauly returns to the child he once was, to his cinematic attempts and to his biggest secret which only the camera caught.