The Motel 2005
Not Rated | 1h 15min | Comedy, Drama | 24 January 2005 (USA)
Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a self-destructive yet charismatic Korean man who has checked in. Sam teaches the fatherless boy all the rites of manhood.
11 Flowers (2011)
Wo 11 (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 50min | Crime, Drama, History | 9 May 2012 (France)
11-year-old Wang lives with his family in a remote village in China. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little they have. When Wang is selected to lead his school’s daily gymnastics, his teacher recommends that he wear a new shirt, which forces his family to make a great sacrifice. Soon after, Wang encounters a wounded man on the run and their fates are intertwined.
Wishin’ and Hopin’ 2014
Not Rated | 1h 27min | Comedy, Drama | December 2014 (USA)
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by award-winning author Wally Lamb. A vivid slice of 1960s life, Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a wise-and-witty holiday tale that celebrates where we’ve been-and how far we’ve come. In the small town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, we go straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School with Felix Funicello, a Catholic school fifth-grader in 1964, whose claim to fame is his cousin Annette Funicello, the famous Mouseketeer and teen movie queen. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin’ and Hopin’ barrels toward one outrageous Christmas!
1h 40min | Drama | 3 November 1999 (France)
Ivan goes to live with his father, Vicente, the stationmaster, in a small remote village inland Portugal. People go about their chores, each wrapped in their own life. Gloria lives with a career and seems to be slipping away from everything and everyone. Set apart from everything is the secret refuge, the only safe place on the planet. Ivan is happy to share Gloria’s secret, a small heaven hidden in the river, below the water that separates the worlds. One feels like staying here.
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.