Boys Life 5 – 2006
1h 50min | Drama | Video 14 March 2006
First, an overview of this release, obviously the 5th in line of the “Boys Life”-series. To me it’s probably the most successful, due to its more romantic vein. While several episodes in the earlier discs have been romantically catching, the bulk of their stories seem to share a theme wherein the director wants to philosophize about some point or another. That’s just not my cup of tea; give me the good, ole romantic scenario anytime. In this 5TH edition, “Dare” is a quite nice little “romantical” piece. Adam Fleming’s portrayal of Ben (Light Boy) is notable, with his end-of-film small smile and quiet laugh being particularly telling (you’ll catch the point upon watching). But it’s a thanks to the heavens which must be given the producers of this disc for having wisely included an old-by-today’s-standards (1990) release, from Israel of all places. Foremost in this review, then, has to be my following comment about a likely near unheard of little film.
In the small, closed community of a provincial town, Magda tries to maintain a balance within a family facing many serious problems. The families apparently normal, bourgeois, every-day life will crack open, bringing to the surface hatred and passions of the kind that lie well-hidden in the mists of the nearby lake. An intense plot and a totally unexpected ending make up this film, which features characters who are vulnerable, innocent and ordinary, but who become ruthless and callous, worrying only about protecting their financial resources. The offences are disproportionately serious compared to the financial benefits they try to secure.
A escondidas 2014
1h 36min | Drama, Romance | 31 August 2016 (France)
At the age of 14 the world around you changes at a dizzying speed. But what if actually it’s you that changing? What if these changes take you away from what up until now, has been your world? Ibrahim and Rafa are going to suffer these changes for themselves, experiencing first love in a way they never could have imagined. And having to keep it Hidden away.
Leave Us Alone 1975
La’ os være (original title)
1h 22min | Drama | 3 February 1975 (Denmark)
A group from a ten to sixteen-year-old Danish educational center breaks the rules there and goes to an uninhabited island in a stolen boat. When the boat disappears, they are left to themselves, and their holiday turns into a nightmare: peer pressure, serious violence, accidents. But for some of them also an experience of love.
The Armoire 2009
22min | Short, Comedy | 14 September 2009 (Canada)
Adolescents Aaron and Tony are playing a game of hide and seek in Aaron’s house, Tony now the hider and Aaron the seeker. When Aaron can’t find Tony, he gives up. Tony has apparently gone missing, which brings the authorities and news media in on the case. Ultimately Aaron is placed under hypnosis to see if he remembers anything significant about that day leading up to the game of hide and seek. As Aaron remembers backward from that game, he reminisces about an earlier incident in the armoire in his bedroom.
Like Cattle Towards Glow 2015
1h 33min | Drama, Sci-FiAdult | 11 September 2015 (France)
Like Cattle Towards Glow follows 13 young characters who find themselves in confusing and threatening situations by way of their sexual misadventures. In advance of the film’s premiere in Paris this Friday, VICE spoke with Dennis about anarchism, the gay agenda, and giving his readers complicated erections.
“A teenage summer in a small town in the desert, a dysfunctional family, a rock band, a can full of glue, two boys, one girl, loads of tongue kisses, dry heat, wind in Patagonia, existential angst… A teenage story in the middle of nowhere.”
The movie begins with an explicit murder scene. We later learn high school student Alice (Natacha Régnier) convinced her lover, Luc (Jérémie Renier), to murder their classmate Saïd (Salim Kechiouche), whom she claims raped her with a group of his friends. After the murder they take Luc’s parents’ car and go off to rob a jewelry store. When they dispose of the body in the woods, the couple get lost on their way back to their car and are captured by a mysterious forest dweller (Miki Manojlovic). Matters take an even more bizarre twist when the stranger locks the young lovers in his basement and reveals that he plans to eat them. The movie shows the events that led up to the murder of their classmate and the ordeals the two lovers undergo in the cabin. Alice is very sexually active, but Luc is still a virgin. Sometimes it feels like a bizarre twist of Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” in true François Ozon style.