Boys Life 5 – 2006
1h 50min | Drama | Video 14 March 2006
First, an overview of this release, obviously the 5th in line of the “Boys Life”-series. To me it’s probably the most successful, due to its more romantic vein. While several episodes in the earlier discs have been romantically catching, the bulk of their stories seem to share a theme wherein the director wants to philosophize about some point or another. That’s just not my cup of tea; give me the good, ole romantic scenario anytime. In this 5TH edition, “Dare” is a quite nice little “romantical” piece. Adam Fleming’s portrayal of Ben (Light Boy) is notable, with his end-of-film small smile and quiet laugh being particularly telling (you’ll catch the point upon watching). But it’s a thanks to the heavens which must be given the producers of this disc for having wisely included an old-by-today’s-standards (1990) release, from Israel of all places. Foremost in this review, then, has to be my following comment about a likely near unheard of little film.
Pelle erobreren 1987
PG-13 | 2h 37min | Drama | 25 December 1987 (Sweden)
The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest form of life. Pelle starts to speak Danish but is still harassed as a foreigner. But none of them wants to give up their dream of finding a better life than the life they left in Sweden.
Set in the 1990’s, The Quarry takes place over the course of one day, following the main character, Charlie. 12-year-old Charlie’s best friend Natalie is moving away, and as he confronts his growing feelings towards her, he learns to cope with the added pressure from his friends and family. Charlie attempts to make Natalie’s last day one to remember.
The story of an adult and a teenage couple during a brief summer holiday by the sea. While Nic’s parents remain trapped in a precarious mutual dependency despite repeated attempts at reconciliation, their 12-year-old son tries to come to terms with his father’s traumatizing violent outbursts in games with other children. He tries to teach Marie, who is of his age and suffers from her own relationship with her father, to feel nothing. In fact, both of them are transformed by their experience of the joys and pains of first love. A film about the first steps towards a life of one’s own.
Den sommeren jeg fylte 15 – 1976
1h 38min | Drama | 4 March 1976 (Norway)
Peter is telling his story about a special summer, when he was invited over to summer holiday from bickering parents, to his aunt and uncle in the country. He’s been there before, but this summer was quite one to remember.
Alabama Moon 2009
PG | 1h 39min | Drama, Family | 18 March 2011 (USA)
Moon Blake is raised by his loving but government-paranoid father Oliver in a hidden cave in the Alabama forests. Oliver dies from a leg wound he refuses to have medically treated, so Moon is told to move away, alone, and start a new home in the Alaskan wild-lands. Constable Sanders, however – the mean local cop – finds the boy with his father’s guns, abuses him and has him locked away till majority age for ‘assault’ within Mr. Gene’s grim Pinson home for boys. Moon soon makes friends with shy, sickly Kit and apparent bully Hal, then sets up a mass escape, on which only the trio actually follows through. Sanders fails to catch them, but the unforgiving elements reshuffle the cards dramatically. An uncle is meanwhile found.
A escondidas 2014
1h 36min | Drama, Romance | 31 August 2016 (France)
At the age of 14 the world around you changes at a dizzying speed. But what if actually it’s you that changing? What if these changes take you away from what up until now, has been your world? Ibrahim and Rafa are going to suffer these changes for themselves, experiencing first love in a way they never could have imagined. And having to keep it Hidden away.