The Double Plus Fifteen 2019
El doble más quince (original title)
1h 38min | Drama | 21 March 2019 (Spain)
Ana is a 45-year-old doctor who seems to have accomplished everything in life. She is the mother of two children, has a good husband, the job of her dreams and yet everything produces unbearable boredom. Her life has ended in the habit of a life in which her goals have already been met. She begins to have a crisis in which she longs for the adventures and fun of youth. It is there where Eric appears, a minor teenager worried about his future: uncertainty, precariousness and loneliness flood her thoughts. The need to escape from their respective lives and live an experience far from life disenchantment unite them. They meet in a dating app and both lie about their ages. When they meet face to face, remorse and adrenaline start in equal parts. She discovers that she can find the understanding and the missing spark by talking for hours with Eric.
Sweet Old World 2012
Not Rated | 1h 26min | Drama | 25 March 2012 (USA)
Sweet Old World is inspired by my personal documentary film, The Band (PBS series P.O.V., 1998), in which I followed my son through his junior year in high school as we both struggled with the death of his brother seven years earlier. It tells the fictional story of a father (Brian) and teenage son (Ethan) whose lives were shattered when the son’s brother was killed in an accident seven years earlier. Both trapped in their own private grief and pain, their relationship has grown strained and cold over the years. The return of the dead son’s best friend, who had left town with his family after the accident, causes Brian and Ethan’s carefully constructed protective shells to shatter-bringing them both to the brink of disaster and the potential for a new life and relationship. Throughout, the story is driven by Ethan, whose new found, and seemingly uncharacteristic willingness to flirt with danger under the influence of his brother’s friend forces Brian to confront his own buried grief. Filming in the Summer and Fall of 2010, that story will be told in the midst of a typical year in the life of the South Pasadena High School Marching Band in South Pasadena, California, as a hundred disparate teenagers and their teachers start from scratch to mold a complex program of music and motion. We are filming the narrative story with actors who become part of the band and live through that experience while their story unfolds.
Jump Ashin! 2011
Fan gun ba! A Xin (original title)
2h 6min | Drama, Sport | 12 August 2011 (Taiwan)
A Taiwanese boy joins gymnastics at school and has talent for it. His mother forces him to stop and help with the family business. He goes on a downward spiral of fighting etc. Hitting rock bottom he decides to pursue his dream again.
This year, seventy year old grumpy Johan is married with his wife Dora for fifty years. But unfortunately, Johan finds there is nothing to celebrate. Something seems missing… Something that’s been out of place for all those years. He spends his daily life routine complaining and bullying and only after the moment he meets sixteen year old Yorgos, a Greek shop employee, he starts to realize he may only have a very short time left to stop denying his true feelings and identity.
Mickybo and Me 2004
R | 1h 35min | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 2005 (UK)
Based on the play of the same name, this movie tells the story of two boys who become friends at the start of the Troubles in 1970. The boys share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), with the consequence that they run away to Australia.
What the Day Owes the Night 2012
Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (original title)
2h 42min | Drama, Romance | 12 September 2012 (France)
Algeria, the 1930s. Younes is nine years old when he is put in his uncle’s care in Oran. Rebaptized Jonas, he grows up among the Rio Salado youths, with whom he becomes friends. Emilie is one of the gang; everyone is in love with her. A great love story develops between Jonas and Emilie, which is soon unsettled by the conflicts troubling the country.
Hunting Flies 2016
Fluefangeren (original title)
1h 46min | Drama | 21 April 2017 (Norway)
A veteran high school teacher in rural Macedonia discovers that his country’s ethnic rivalries reproduce in a microcosm among his rebellious students. Can we heal the scars of the most bellicose nationalism through lessons from an idealistic teacher? The birth, rise and fall of a dictatorship recreated in a children’s classroom.