An English mother and teenage son spend a week in the South of France breaking up a summer home that has become one of the casualties of the boy’s parents’ crumbling marriage. Matters only become more complicated when an enigmatic local boy enters their lives.
Milton’s Secret 2016
PG | 1h 28min | Drama, Family | 30 September 2016 (Canada)
Milton’s Secret focuses on 11 year-old Milton Adams who is growing up in an uncertain world. With his parents constantly stressing about their careers and finances, and the neighborhood bully tormenting him, Milton feels his whole world is in crisis. But when his Grandpa Howard comes to visit, he discovers anxiety about the past and worrying about the future only make things worse and prevent him from finding true happiness moment to moment.
1h 15min | Drama | 5 March 1997 (France)
I’ve seen all three of Omirbaev’s movies, and this was my first, a beautiful, delicately poetic movie about a young boy with a weak heart sent to a sanitorium in Kazakhstan, during the Soviet era. The movie is a good, nicely drawn portrait of the drabness of the Soviet years, of being poor (and Asian) in the flattest countryside imaginable, and of the crushing monotony of a state-run institution. It’s a poetically precise movie with subtle injections of humor and strikingly beautiful imagery (Omirbaev has an exquisite eye), a carefully drawn story of sexual awakening and an affirmation of the power of art. Like every other Kazakh film I’ve seen, KARDIOGRAMMA was shot on a pretty unstable color stock, but it gives the movie a very interesting look. And the performance by the boy who plays the lead is very good.
Verdensvevde kropper 2015
16min | Short, Drama | 19 January 2015 (Norway)
At the end of the 1990s the Internet comes to Northern Norway and coincides with the sexual awakening of young Mads (12). The introduction of pornographic images into his life complicates his relationship with his parents, and their house becomes a minefield filled with uncomfortable interactions.
Une enfance 2015
1h 39min | Drama | 23 September 2015 (France)
As summer drags by, 13-year-old Jimmy, forced by circumstance to become an adult too soon, runs up against the limits of his small hometown and his turbulent life, caught between a mother on the slide and a stepfather who keeps her down.
Mio papa 2014
1h 33min | Drama | 27 November 2014 (Italy)
Lorenzo works as diver on an oil rig in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. In his profession is the best. He loves his freedom. When he gets bored, he takes a dinghy to go ashore and look for entertainment and adventures. Until he meets a girl who is different from the others, she is Claudia, he really likes her. The passion soon breaks out.
Freier Fall 2013
1h 40min | Drama, Romance | 23 May 2013 (Germany)
With a promising police career and a baby on the way, Marc’s life seems to be right on track – then he meets fellow policeman Kay. During their regular jogs, Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness – and what it means to fall in love with another man. Torn between his family and his new feelings for Kay, Marc sees his world careening more and more out of control. Suddenly, his life is in free fall and Marc realizes that, try as he may, he can’t make everyone happy – least of all himself.
Jungle 2 Jungle 1997
PG | 1h 45min | Comedy, Family | 7 March 1997 (USA)
A New York commodities broker who was married several years ago has been separated from his wife. Now he wants to marry his new girlfriend, so he has to divorce her first. So he goes to Venezuela, and is brought deep into the jungle and told that when they separated she was pregnant and chose not to tell him since he stated he was not really interested in becoming a father. Today, the boy has reached the age where he has to go on a quest, in New York, so his father reluctantly brings him along, and a culture clash follows. The boy has spent all of his life with the tribe he grew up with, and his father has a bit of problem so he can’t spent as much as time with his son as his son likes.
Tous les papas ne font pas pipi debout 1998
1h 30min | Drama | TV Movie 16 December 1998
A pleasant surprise. Without being a pretentious film, it fulfills the purpose of entertaining and at the same time, raise the issue of same-sex couples with children. Zoe and Dan are two women in love who live together for 10 years and have one son, Simon. A smart kid, sensitive, respectful and great swimmer, coached by Dan itself. They live in Belgium, in a place where all accept and coexist with their choice. Even the little friends of Simon. Everything works fine until it reaches a new family to the neighborhood. And with them, also come the prejudices and conflicts. Simon is in a stage of development and establish new ties, so these new comments starting to affect him. Now, for the first time, must contend with the idea of not having a father, like all the kids ‘normal’. It also begins to doubt his feelings for Dan. Finally, both women face a situation that until then had only imagined. The great success of this film (besides the actors) at least for me, is that it never focuses on the lesbian relationship of these two women, but on the perception that others, including children, have about the situation. Zoe’s mother, neighbors, friends of Simon. Precisely them, the friends of Simon, are an important part in the film and have a range of reactions and situations for analysis. It is normal or morally acceptable that a girl does not know her father because he left when he learned that her mother was pregnant? It is normal when a father (new neighbor) is tough with their children, teaching them to be intolerant and have prejudices as well as bad manners?. It seems that heterosexuality provides a degree of impunity. Simon falls for the daughter of the new neighbors, which subtly points to another common misconception: the gays are a bad influence and their children will inevitably be the same. The film is not an extreme drama. No low blows, flows naturally and has the right touch of comedy, particularly in the answers of some characters. It is entertaining without making us feel indifferent to what we consider ourselves normal or abnormal. It makes us love or hate certain characters. Simple, effective and, as if all that were not enough has that French touch.