L’amore buio 2010
1h 50min | Drama | 3 September 2010 (Italy)
Set in contemporary Naples, Dark Love focuses on the consequences of the brutal rape of a young woman by three teenage boys. Ciro is the only boy who shows remorse (he confesses his role, leading to recriminations from his fellow assailants), and part of the film is devoted to his experiences in an offshore juvenile prison. Simultaneously, the film follows the faltering efforts of the victim, Irene, to put her life back together, continue studying for university, and behave with some semblance of normality with her boyfriend and family. However, Ciro starts writing letters from prison to Irene, who eventually begins to read them. The two stories have a marked difference in tone. Ciro’s experiences are unsurprisingly gritty and occasionally violent, while Irene, in a much more meditative depiction, is shown going about everyday life while still disturbed and alienated by what she has been through. The interweaving of the two stories is skillfully handled, the use of Naples as a setting is evocative, and the performances from the young protagonists are little short of astonishing. Director Antonio Capuano has created an understated, challenging and meditative film which avoids either cheap moralising or simplistic resolution.
En Sabana Grande siempre es de dia 1988
1h 43min | Drama | 1 October 1990 (Sweden)
It tells the story, adventures and misadventures that a small and unsuspecting boy of barely ten years old goes through while desperately trying to fulfill and make his greatest wish come true: to meet and be reunited with his father. In this unbridled search, our little friend will walk through the great Caracas and will know first-hand the rigors of living in the concrete jungle, a jungle where for many it is and will always be daytime.
Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long, however, until Oliver appears at the house of Martin and his new lover Tom claiming to have been beaten up by boys in the park. After another incident, Martin puts two and two together and comes to the conclusion that Frank has been beating Oliver without Hannah’s knowledge. Martin then begins a long courtroom custody battle to win back his son.
My Dad Is a Jerk 1997
Dui bu qi, duo xie ni (original title)
108min | Comedy | 30 August 1997 (Hong Kong)
Lee Lap Cheung is a slacker who is going nowhere. His ex-wife Yip Ting has become powerful in the business world. In a moment of anger Cheung requests Ting to allow him and his son Jason to spend some time together.