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.
Deep in the Wood 2015
In fondo al bosco (original title)
1h 32min | Mystery, Thriller | 19 November 2015 (Italy)
Winter 2010. Dolomites. Tommaso Conci, a 4 year old child, disappears during a festival where people disguised as devils, the Krampus, terrorize the village with whips and chains. Five years later, a child was found nameless and without documents. DNA matches: he is Tommi. Manuel, the father, can finally embrace his son. The mother, Linda, however, can not adapt to the new situation. A suspect digs inside her: what if that child is not really her son?
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.
The Promised Neverland 2020
Yakusoku no Neverland (original title)
1h 59min | Action, Adventure, Drama | 18 December 2020 (Japan)
A number of Japanese children all complete with Western names are being well fed, taken care of and pampered at a very meticulate and managed orphanage. The facility and grounds are impressive, but the wall acting as a barrier is high. There is a secret to the place and once it is revealed to several orphans they are desperate to depart from the facility.
Bloody Beans 2013
Loubia hamra (original title)
1h 20min | Drama | 6 April 2016 (France)
While the French army is shooting at the OAS, children plunder the French army of its provisions and even of a war prisoner, condemned to eat a dish of beans. But the war catches up with the adventure and bloodies the beans.
Jan Dara: The Finale (2013)
Jan Dara Pachimmabot (original title)
2h 18min | Drama | 7 February 2013 (Thailand)
Set in the 1930s, the film tells the story of Jan Dara, a boy who grows up in a house lorded over by his sadistic and debauched stepfather, Luang Wisnan in Bangkok. The story recounts the growing pains of him, whose mother dies while giving birth to him and who intensely hated by his stepfather. When he goes to Phijit where his wealthy grandmother lives, he learns the truth behind his birth from an old police officer. Then he returns home, to Bangkok to take revenge against his stepfather. Driving him to ruin, he takes over the family, including his stepfather’s mistress Boonleung. In his frightening quest for vengeance, however, he finds himself walking the same loathsome path as the man he hates.