14 and Under (1973)
Frühreifen-Report (original title)
1h 27min | Comedy | 17 August 1973 (West Germany)
This episodic film is a close relative of Wolf Hartwig’s schoolgirl report movies, made by the same people, in a similar style, around similar topics. However, this one specifically focuses on the coming-of-age aspects, to an extent that it also touches on delicate issues such as pedophilia.
An old dog has a hard time learning new tricks in this drama set in Turku. Ari, a paramedic, is a chronic womanizer; he makes it a point of pride to never sleep with the same woman twice, and his nights are a long series of brazen one-night stands. But when Ari meets Tiina (Laura Malmivaara), something unexpected happens – he falls in love. For the first time, Ari finds himself pursuing a long-term relationship, and he makes a genuine effort to remain faithful to her. But old habits die hard; Tiina introduces Ari to her circle of friends and temptation arises as he encounters Hanna-Riikka, a theology student, and Ilona, who is soon to be married. Despite Ari’s feelings for Tiina, he begins having affairs with both Hanna-Riikka and Ilona, leading to an unpleasant revelation on the day of Ilona’s nuptials.
Let People Exit Before Boarding 2018
Antes de entrar, permita salir (original title)
13min | Short, Drama | 19 August 2018 (Mexico)
Jesús and Pablo just met on a dating app and are getting together to have sex for the first time. The house of Jesús is full of visitors so they undertake a small trip through Monterrey to find a place to complete the act.
Country Teacher 2008
Venkovský ucitel (original title)
1h 43min | Drama, Romance | 20 March 2008 (Czechia)
Petr, youthful, quiet, and sensitive, comes from Prague to teach natural science in a country town. The gruff principal asks what he’s running from and predicts he’ll be gone in six months. Marie, a widow with a teen son, Lada, befriends Petr. She’s lonely. Petr does some chores at her farm and watches Lada with his weekend girlfriend, Bara. We meet Petr’s parents and understand some of why he left Prague, then Petr’s friend Mihi pays a visit and we understand more. Mihi throws a wrench in things, and Lada comes to Petr for help. Has Petr found his place in the world, but what about his nature?
A 40-year-old architect begins to doubt his role as a father in a world sliding into decadence. When he meets a young Polish girl he runs off with her to Rhodes. His psycho-moralistic angst is presented in a series of flashbacks when the hijack of his airplane forces him to take stock of his life.