Top Stripper 1982
Zûmu appu: Maruhon uwasa no sutorippa (original title)
1h 7min | Comedy, Drama | 15 September 1982 (Japan)
A frank coming-of-age story, in which young Yoichi falls for Gloria at the local strip joint. Yoichi’s innocent nature has him attending her shows every day, filling his mind with her beauty. The standard bittersweet disappointments of the coming-of-age story are offset by irreverent moments of levity; a quirk of director Yoshimitsu Morita’s which he became known for.
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.
A 13-year-old boy who has been using drugs is put in a home for young offenders. After a week, the judge will decide if he must stay there or go back home. Confronted with the adult world, the kid will use his own power: lying.
Young Love 2001
1h 20min | Drama, Romance | August 31, 2001 (Finland)
Jukka, 13, is coached in photography by his openly gay art teacher. With his dead father’s old camera, Jukka sees Johanna, a beautiful girl in her early twenties being physically abused by her stepfather. With the help of the local fire department, Jukka comes to her rescue. He quickly befriends the girl who works in a nearby supermarket, claims to become her manager and enters her in a beauty contest.
Not Rated | 1h 25min | Drama, Romance | 30 April 2021 (Germany)
At 14, Diane is an enigmatic teenager and a loner. She is busy bringing up her little brother, Marc, and has an intense relationship with her father, Christian. The appearance of Julia, a young charismatic and emancipated English girl, in her neighbourhood turns Diane’s everyday life upside down. Diane, who wants to break the bounds of childhood at any price, goes through the most dramatic experiences of her life in the space of six months. The closer she is to Julia, the more she turns her back on morality, paying no attention to the consequences or the limits of her desires.
Sequin in a Blue Room 2019
1h 20min | Drama | 20 August 2020 (Australia)
After a chance encounter at an anonymous sex party, a boy hunts through the world of a hook-up app to track down the mystery man. Favouring the instant gratification of anonymous, no-strings sexual encounters over meaningful relationships, high schooler Sequin is part of the always logged-on, but never-engaged, hook-up generation. He ghosts ex-partners and remains emotionally unavailable. That’s until he finds his way to an anonymous sex party, where a whole new dizzyingly alluring world unfolds before him. In one scene, Sequin connects with a mysterious stranger, but they are separated suddenly. Utterly fixated on this man, Sequin sets off on an exhilarating and perilous mission to track him down. Cowritten by Jory Anast and Samuel Van Grinsven, Sequin in a Blue Room is a highly-accomplished queer coming-of-age tale and a breath of fresh air from the Australian independent film scene.