The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros 2005
Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (original title)
1h 40min | Comedy, Drama | 4 April 2007 (France)
Can a 12-year old lad who wishes he were a girl navigate the mean streets of Manila? Maxi cooks, cleans, and sews for his father and older brothers who are petty criminals. He’s sweet, clever and hardworking, at ease with being gay, pinning a flower in his hair, swinging his hips when he walks, vamping with friends. He’s seen adults hug and kiss and he’s watched romantic movies, so on the verge of puberty, he develops a crush on Victor, a kindly young cop. Maxi’s heart and loyalties are on a collision course: Victor is investigating crimes that lead him to Maxi’s family. In the land of the morning, is there a place for this child of the sun returning?
The Demons 2015
Les démons (original title)
1h 58min | Drama | 30 October 2015 (Canada)
Montréal is in the midst of a series of kidnappings of young boys, and Félix, at ten, is just finishing up the year at school. Gradually, his “imaginary demons” start to reflect those of the remarkably troubling and disruptive world around him.
Querô (original title)
1h 28min | Drama | 14 September 2007 (Brazil)
Querô is an orphan teenager, living alone near the docks in Santos, Brazil. His mother, a prostitute, died when he was a baby, and he was raised in the bordello where she worked. He also doesn’t know who his father is. Believing he rules his own destiny, he refuses to compromise with anyone else, the corrupt policemen always chasing him, the oppressive discipline in the juvenile institution Febem, or the drug dealers who try to lure him. But this independence has a price
The Boys of St Vincent 15 Years Later 1992
1h 33min | Drama | TV Movie 7 December 1992
Fifteen years after the events of The Boys of St. Vincent took place, the various boys involved are brought in to testify against the brothers, now finally standing trial, who assaulted them when they were children. The former head of the orphanage, Peter Lavin, has been married for several years at this point, has two children, and is living in Montreal when he is placed under arrest and brought to stand trial. While he maintains his innocence, the boy he favoured durring those years, Kevin Reevey, as well as many others, are faced with revisiting the abuse and trauma they sustained as children.
What the Peeper Saw 1972
Diabólica malicia (original title)
1h 29min | Crime, Drama, Horror | 14 October 1972 (Italy)
In this stylish and atmospheric psychological thriller reminiscent of Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, a widowed English writer brings a young, glamorous new bride to his bleak, isolated home in rural Spain. She soon becomes obsessed with her 12-year old stepson, who she learns has just been expelled from school for mysterious offenses; while the boy enjoys, exploits, and feeds her increasing paranoia about him. That he is a brilliant and lonely child is obvious. But is he the victim of a neurotic woman’s overwrought imagination– in Shakespeare’s words, the innocent flower, or the serpent under it?
AN OPEN SECRET looks at the lives of children betrayed and abandoned by a system that essentially funnels them towards sexual predators without any oversight or regard for their safety. It documents not only these young peoples’ experiences, but also how some have emerged stronger for their speaking out. It beg the questions of why children working in entertainment aren’t afforded the same protections they are afforded at school, and argues for more effective treatment and stronger penalties for child sex offenders.
Nothing Bad Can Happen 2013
Tore tanzt (original title)
1h 50min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 28 November 2013 (Germany)
The young Tore seeks in Hamburg a new life among the religious group called The Jesus Freaks. When he by accident meets a family and helps them to repair their car, he believes that a heavenly wonder has helped him. He starts a friendship with the father of the family, Benno. Soon he moves in with them at their garden plot, not knowing what cruelty is there to come. True to his religious belief he stays with them although the increasing violence by Benno is torturing him. Tore is fighting the torment with his own weapons. So a dangerous struggle between libidinous actions and altruism begins. Inspired by true events.