Un embrujo 1998
2h 10min | Drama, Romance | 22 February 1999 (USA)
Eliseo, a 13-year-old boy, is initiated into love by Felipa, his school teacher. After discovering the relationship, she leaves town, leaving him mired in nostalgia. Forced to marry another woman and lead a routine life, Eliseo spends the years remembering the romance with Felipa until, ten years later, the woman returns, removing his wounds and forever changing his life, that of his family and his of the entire town.
Jan Dara: The Finale (2013)
Jan Dara Pachimmabot (original title)
2h 18min | Drama | 7 February 2013 (Thailand)
Set in the 1930s, the film tells the story of Jan Dara, a boy who grows up in a house lorded over by his sadistic and debauched stepfather, Luang Wisnan in Bangkok. The story recounts the growing pains of him, whose mother dies while giving birth to him and who intensely hated by his stepfather. When he goes to Phijit where his wealthy grandmother lives, he learns the truth behind his birth from an old police officer. Then he returns home, to Bangkok to take revenge against his stepfather. Driving him to ruin, he takes over the family, including his stepfather’s mistress Boonleung. In his frightening quest for vengeance, however, he finds himself walking the same loathsome path as the man he hates.
Kart Racer 2003
PG | 1h 34min | Comedy, Drama, Family | 20 October 2004 (United Arab Emirates)
14-year-old Watts Davies is estranged from his dad, a former International Karting Federation (IKF) champion. Watts’s resolve to race in the upcoming IKF Regional Championships rekindles their relationship as they pursue the dream together.
PG-13 | 1h 50min | Drama, History | 6 July 1990 (UK)
Two young boys from very different backgrounds become friends in 1933 Stuttgart. However, they don’t realize how different they are until much later as one is the son of a well-to-do Jewish doctor and the other the son of a German aristocrat. After that summer and the election of Hitler, things change as anti-semitism gains fervor. After the core of the film deals with that era, the film flashes to the present and the Jewish man now returns to his boyhood home and seeks his old friend with some surprises.
Lonely orphan Conrad (Paul Schoeman) not only had to suffer the loss of both parents in a drowning accident, but is also stuck in a home at the mercy of the icy, evil and cruel Miss DeRopp (Savannah Bentley). Mostly forced to stay indoors, denied friends and kept sickly and frail by his new guardian (who it’s strongly hinted at also sexually abuses the poor boy), Conrad’s only companion is his beloved pet chicken Cackler. A neighborhood boy (Bill Barrett) might have the solution to his problems, though. For two silver candlesticks, he promises to give Conrad a rare, vicious, growling and cunning animal with supernatural abilities, which supposedly was coveted in the past by Egyptian pharaohs, Borneo pirates and even Napoleon Bonaparte himself. Eventually the trade is made, Conrad gets the creature (it’s basically just a barely-seen, small black dog) and – after Miss DeRopp kills Cackler and serves him up as dinner – uses it to get revenge.
Jan Dara: The Beginning (2012)
Jan Dara pathommabot (original title)
2h 17min | Drama, Romance | 13 September 2012 (Singapore)
Set in the 1930s the story of Jan, a boy who grows up in a house lorded over by his sadistic and debauched father, Luang Wisnan. The story recounts the growing pains of Jan, whose mother dies while giving birth to him and who’s intensely hated by his father. Jan grows up with Aunt Wad, his stepmother, and he struggles to reconcile his guilt and longing with different women in his life, including a girl called Hyacinth, whom he adores, and later Madame Boonleung, his father’s mistress who becomes a key to Jan’s sexual awakening.
In a Better World 2010
Hævnen (original title)
R | 1h 58min | Drama, Romance | 26 August 2010 (Denmark)
Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian’s mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy.
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.