The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2003
Zatôichi (original title)
1h 56min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 September 2003 (Italy)
Blind Zatoichi makes his living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. He’s destined for violent showdowns when he stumbles on two beautiful geishas avenging their parents’ murder… Duels, wit and a touch of zen! Cult anti-hero Zatoichi is back in a sword-fighting adventure written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano.
A female writer begins a very close friendship with a boy who makes her remember a lost love. She daydreams with his lost love, talks with him as if he were in the same room, and remembers all the happiness she used to have. While we see through backflashes how was her relationship with his lover, we also see how she begins to feel a sexual desire for the boy. She tries to keep with her the boy all the time, as we see through the backflashes how she tried to keep her lover with her all the time. There is a religious conflict in the main characters, Atheism Vs Catholicism. The more we see the more everything makes sense.
Based on Tim Realbuto’s critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play, YES tells the story of washed up child star Patrick Nolan who decides to mentor 17-year-old Jeremiah Rosenhaft. What begins as an innocent acting lesson turns into something much more intimate between two surprisingly common minds.
Man of Ashes 1986
Rih Essed (original title)
1h 49min | Drama | 11 May 1990 (Netherlands)
In the ensuing days before his wedding bridegroom Hachemi faces both the anxieties of the future and the shadows of the past. His best friend, Farfat, is the topic of street graffiti and local gossip, which calls his manhood into question. This ripples out to affect Hachemi for, unbeknownst to anyone, as apprenticed youths they were molested by Ameur, the local carpenter. Farfat is banished from his father’s home and the shared secret between the two friends threatens to undo more than just the wedding, but their very lives.
R | 1h 21min | Crime, Drama | 4 June 2021 (USA)
Gully follows the lives of three teens living in LA, all victims of extreme childhoods. We follow them over the course of 48 hours, as they wreak a hedonistic riot across the city, unbound by societal norms, they take us on a rip-roaring ride of drugs and murder across Los Angeles.
Bad Seeds 2018
Mauvaises herbes (original title)
TV-MA | 1h 40min | Drama | 21 November 2018 (France)
Wael (Kheiron) a former street child, makes a living from small scams with his adoptive mother and partner-in-crime Monique (Catherine Deneuve). When this unconventional duo swindles the wrong guy, Victor (André Dussollier), an old acquaintance of Monique now in charge of a support organization for troubled teens, they have no choice but to become his interim secretary and educator in order to redeem themselves. Facing six willful kids determined to spoil all his efforts, Wael’s own personal story and inventive tricks become the key to gaining their trust – and he soon realizes that he too is given a chance to heal his past and find his place in society.
Les orphelins de Duplessis 1999 Drama | TV Mini-Series (1999– )
The Duplessis Orphans (French: les Orphelins de Duplessis) were children victimized in a mid-20th century scheme in which approximately 20,000 orphaned children were falsely certified as mentally ill by the government of the province of Quebec Canada and confined to psychiatric institutions. The Catholic Church has denied the allegations and disputes the claims of those seeking payments.
Set Me Free 1999
Emporte-moi (original title)
1h 34min | Drama, Romance | 28 July 1999 (France)
Canadian/Swiss/French production that tells the tale of Hannah, a tomboyish 13 year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Nana (Anna Karina), the character from Jean-Luc Godard’s “Vivre sa vie” (1962) about a Parisian woman’s descent into prostitution. Her confusion surrounding what is real leads to a crush for her female teacher and her actively pursuing what it’s like to be a prostitute for an evening.