While his family is mourned by the death of the grandfather, Balthasar, reinforced by his religious convictions, does not seem particularly sad. Yet this blind faith which seemed to protect him from the real world will soon be called into question by circumstances.
Rich Kids 1979
1h 41min | Comedy, Drama | August 1979 (USA)
Two ultra-precocious Upper West Side twelve-year-olds, Franny and Jamie, are best friends. Jamie, the “new boy” in town, has experienced his parents’ divorce and guides his friend Franny in the art of surviving her own folks’ imminent split. Franny senses the divorce because she has been secretly watching her father arrive home at 5:00 every morning and pathetically try to brush off (to his wife) and hide (from his daughter) the fact that he has been away all night. She is down in the dumps and finds a kindred spirit in her buddy Jamie, whose mother and father split up long ago. He points out the advantages of being a “child of divorce” – and is so persuasive that he almost convinces himself as well as Franny. When Franny connivingly convinces her parents to let her go to a sleep-over with Jamie, they explore their budding curiosity for the opposite sex. When Franny’s mother finds the book “The Joy of Sex” in her daughter’s bedroom and discovers that her daughter has deceived her, four frantic “adult” couples converge on the sleep-over site, Jamie’s father’s swanky, fantastical bachelor pad, to catch the two young ones in a compromising position. Ultimately, Jamie and Franny realize that, in order to survive the undeniable disadvantages of their parents’ divorce, they must try to weather the hard times together as friends…if not more.
Freedom Is Paradise 1989
S.E.R. – Svoboda eto rai (1989)
1h 16min | Drama | 1989 (Soviet Union)
Young Sasha is brought into a state-run children’s home because his mother died early and his father spends most of his life in prison. The conditions are like in a penal institution. Sasha tries several times to escape and to search for his father.
It is the last day of school before summer vacation. The teacher can be heard telling the students about a traveler going to America. As the bell rings we see dozens of children running from the school. The camera then focuses on a group of preteen children talking amongst themselves. The scene changes and we see Trond(Øystein Offer-Olsen) and Oystein(Hans Jacob Melbye) running down a hillside and through the woods to a small lake. They talk about going swimming in the lake and one of them mentions that they do not have their
Y tu mama tambien 2001
Y tu mamá también (original title)
16 | 1h 46min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 8 June 2001 (Mexico)
In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortés, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch’s cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven’s Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don’t exist. When Luisa learns of Jano’s latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse’s mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio’s offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach’s location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up.
The Devil’s Playground 1976
1h 47min | Drama | 12 August 1976 (Australia)
Fred Schepisi’s film, ‘The Devil’s Playground’ is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling in spirit and body with the constraints of living in a Catholic seminary. It is also the story of the Brothers and how they cope with the demands of their faith.
17min | Short, Drama | 24 April 2007 (Norway)
13-year-old Alexander is the smallest kid in his eighth grade class. A tough girl cell-films him in the shower and shares the video with the class, earning him the nickname “Mini”. Alexander is, naturally, humiliated, until the new kid in class helps him get his revenge.