So Long, Paris! 2019
19min | Short, Comedy | 15 March 2020 (France)
12-year-old Lucy can’t accept her parents have divorced. Holidays are ending. Just before Lucy is to leave Paris, she puts off returning to London at her mum’s, and grills her dad about whether he has found a new relationship. As darkness falls, Lucy gets a piece of news that upsets her so that she runs away from her dad’s. She wanders in the city. Takes risks. And finally faces reality.
When sixth-grader boy Qiu is bullied in school for having gay dads, he takes action to prove to the world that, unlike his parents, he is straight and manly. It’s no joke. Meanwhile, his stepfather Jia-How, a flamboyant Jazz trumpet player, must confront his own nightmares of childhood bullying before he can provide his son a feeling of security.
La Vénus à Lulu 1991
1h 30min | Comedy | 11 May 1991 (France)
Narcoleptic Finnish naturist as beautiful as Venus is on vacation in Southern France with her husband. She goes for a walk in the field naked and gets lost. A local kid takes her to his village to help her as well as brag to his friends.
Tillsammans (original title)
1h 46min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 August 2000 (Sweden)
It is the 1970s and a group of very different individuals live together as a community. One of the members’ sister, Elisabeth, needs a new place to stay with her children after having had enough of her alcoholic and abusive husband. Elisabeth is neither a socialist nor a feminist nor into the green movement but ends up loving living in the community where they all learn from each other. The film makes a little fun of people with strong ideals and “square” minds whether they be vegans, communists or people who absolutely disgust vegans or socialists. In the end, the message of the film is that people can grow and gain from bonding with each other. It also shows how we need to shape up a little for this to work, either through working on our behavior that affects other people badly (like alcoholism or abuse) or the need to set boundaries and not let other people walk all over oneself.
14 and Under (1973)
Frühreifen-Report (original title)
1h 27min | Comedy | 17 August 1973 (West Germany)
This episodic film is a close relative of Wolf Hartwig’s schoolgirl report movies, made by the same people, in a similar style, around similar topics. However, this one specifically focuses on the coming-of-age aspects, to an extent that it also touches on delicate issues such as pedophilia.
Set in a village in Northeastern Thailand, “Panya Raenu” is a story of friendship and dream that centers on a young boy named Panya who has a talent to sing, but who is too poor to afford a local music contest. However, with his endeavor and the support from friends, Panya becomes determined to win while at the same time fending off the advances of a chubby girl named Raenu. One day, a bus carrying students from the capital breaks down near their village and the rich city kids have to spend the night with the rural poor ones.