The Railway Children 1970
1h 49m | Drama, Family | Release date: December 22, 1970 (United Kingdom)
In Edwardian England, the story of the Waterbury family is told largely from the perspective of the three offspring and by oldest, teenage daughter Bobbie. Their loving and relatively affluent family life in suburban London, financially supported by father Charles’ job as a government bureaucrat, includes both parents being a present and welcome part of their children’s activities. Their existence is upended when on Christmas evening 1904, Charles is whisked away without warning by two men. Subsequently, the remaining family is forced to move, they renting a rundown and drafty house, Three Chimneys, in the rural village of Oakworth, Yorkshire. While the three children know that they are now poor by their existence, all their Mother has told Bobbie is that Father is not dead, that he will someday return to them when he is able, and for Bobbie and the others not to ask questions about what happened to him. The three are now forced to find a way to occupy their time while Mother tries to earn pocket money by writing and selling stories, many of their activities which are centered on the railway near their house and the railway tunnel a few miles away from the village station. Their life along the railway at least addresses one of the complaints the three had about their life in London, that not much ever happened, which is not the case along the railway as they get into one adventure after another. In the process, they learn to enjoy life in their new situation, which includes the friendship and admiration of many of the villagers in all the Waterburys’ inherent kindness and generosity. But the question still remains, at least for the three children, of what happened to Father.
Le Colosse aux Pieds d’Argile 2022
1h 31m | Drama | Release date: April 30, 2023 (France)
Sébastien is a former rugby player and a true colossus. Between 12 to 16, he seemed to be a child with the happy demeanor typical of his native Southwest region. But this joie de vivre was actually a smokescreen intended to protect his family’s harmony. During those four years, Sébastien was a victim of rape. For four years, he suffered in silence because his abuser was none other than a close friend of his parents, loved by all. Thirty years later, Sébastien remains unable to come clean. His demons are destroying him. He wavers between his need for revenge and his desire to ensure that no one else will have to live through what he has. After Sébastien meets a kid, a wounded little giant like the child he once was, and reconnects with the girl he didn’t know how to love as a teenager, he is compelled to make the right choice – justice… But at what cost?
1h 41m | Drama | Release date: May 5, 2023 (Austria)
Sparta is a 2022 drama film directed by Ulrich Seidl. It depicts an Austrian man named Ewald who is a non-offending pedophile and teaches judo to boys in Romania. The film is the second in a diptych; the other film, Rimini, centres on Ewald’s brother.
A First Farewell 2018
Di yi ci de li bie (original title)
1h 26m | Drama | Release date: July 20, 2020 (China)
Isa Yasan is a Muslim boy from the countryside in Xinjiang, China. His mother was left deaf and mute from meningitis, and she frequently wanders away from home. Isa loves his mother deeply, and is torn among taking care of her, going to school and doing farm work. He is friends with a lively little girl named Kalbinur. They are taking care of an adorable lamb together. Kalbinur’s grades in her Uyghur are good, but her Chinese scores are terrible. Since Chinese is the national language, her mother wants to move to the city and find temporary work so Kalbinur can go to a Chinese school. Her father doesn’t agree to the plan, and the two argue a lot. That winter, Isa’s father decides to send Isa’s mother to a nursing home, and Kalbinur’s family makes plans to leave the village. Isa reads a story called “A First Farewell” in school, and although he does not fully understand the idea of farewell, he will soon experience it himself.
Where the Tracks End 2023
El Último Vagón (original title)
1h 35m | Comedy, Drama, Family | Release date: May 26, 2023 (Mexico)
An ode to teachers, committed and with a vocation, capable of sacrificing themselves for teaching and leaving their mark on their students, which follows the story of Don Ernesto and his students who, in the Malinalli Teneplat wagon school, will see their lives change. lives during the school year.
No raifu kingu 1991
1h 46m | Drama, Sci-Fi | Release date: September 22, 1991 (United States)
In a world slowly overrun with technology the line between reality and virtuality begins to blur as not only the younger generation, but also the older one is becoming absorbed. Where the ‘real world’ could be drab and colourless, in contrast, the world of computers and games could be vivid and tantalizing. Could the characters, and the larger society, change this attitude?
1h 38m | Drama, Family | Denmark, October 16, 1981
Ivan is a very lonely 8 year boy who is bullied almost every day in school. Even his father taunts him because Ivan litteraly is a weakling (That should explain the title Rubber Tarzan). As a result of this Ivan spends a lot of his time on daydreaming until he meets a kind of kindred spirit – the friendly and lonely crane driver Ole.
Hold om mig 2010
1h 20m | Drama | Release date: September 2, 2010 (Denmark)
A film about peer pressure and taking responsibility for one’s own life. The story revolves around Sara, Mikkel, Hassan and Louise, four teenagers, who are searching for their own identity and an anchor in their lives. One ill-fated day in the classroom a misunderstanding is thrown out of proportion and creates a wave of chaos. Suddenly they are the guilty ones and the victims of a game that has got out of hand.
Un nos ola’ leuad 1991
1h 38m | Drama | Release date: November 21, 1992 (Japan)
After many years in prison a man returns to his town of birth. The memories from his childhood, which culminate in the inexplicable murder of a young girl, are portrayed through flashbacks. The man walks through the town, the same way he walked as a boy.