The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother’s discovery of his homosexuality, the elder sister’s suicide attempt and sado-masochist tendencies, and the intrusion of a very free-spirited maid and her husband… And it all started with the arrival in the family of an innocent looking rat…
The Beautiful Beast 2006
La belle bête (original title)
1h 50min | Drama | 3 November 2006 (Canada)
La Belle Bête is a powerful study of the conflict between beauty and ugliness, hate and love. The story revolves around three main characters. At the center, Patrice, a beautiful but mindless youth stands gazing at his image in the water. Around him move his ugly sister Isabelle-Marie, and his frivolous mother Louise, the first lost in love and hate for her brother’s beauty, the second seeing it as an adornment for herself. Into this small, obsessed universe come a blind boy and an elegant fop from the outside world. At once, the pattern breaks and events move forward into a terrifying denouement.
A Letter of Fire 2005
Aksharaya (original title)
2h 16min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | September 2005 (Spain)
The 12-year-old son of a Magistrate is accused of murder, after having mistook a prostitute for a mugger while hiding in an abandoned building and fearing for his life. His parents hide him from the authorities, amid themes of incest.
Michael Hunter’s lovely, beloved 17 year-old son Kyle committed suicide, although he was in therapy for depression. This ruins Michael’s marriage, his daughter Shelly moves in with her mother. He stops treating patients in order to write and teach Psychotherapy, until many years later when a student gets him fascinated by the case of Thomas ‘Tommy’ Caffey. He was about to be released at his 18th birthday from the closed ‘boys school’ he was placed into after his father, Joseph, was put into jail for beating his adulterous mother to death. Michael feels that Tommy carries a big chip on his shoulder, ignores that Shelly fell for him at first sight, but is mesmerized by Tommy’s resemblance (purposefully enhanced) to Kyle. There is also a revealing meeting with Tommy’s dad in jail.
Kristoffer brings a girl home for the first time. His mother disturbs them and invites Kristoffer’s girlfriend to dinner. At the dinner table, underlying tensions emerge. The atmosphere is charged, the mother unmistakably jealous. After the girlfriend is brought home, the truth comes to light. Portrait of an unhealthy mother-son relationship.
La Luna 1979
2h 22min | Drama | 29 August 1979 (Italy)
Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe–maybe even herself–with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him.