Lovers of the Arctic Circle 1998
Los amantes del Círculo Polar (original title)
R | 1h 52min | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 28 August 1998 (Spain)
Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other. Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. A story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place (Círculo polar) where the day never ends in the midnight sun. There are things that never end, and Love is one of them.
Haim-Aaron is an ultra-Orthodox religious scholar from Jerusalem whose talent and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, he collapses and loses consciousness in the bathroom. The paramedics announce his death, but his father, refusing to let him go, takes over resuscitation efforts and, beyond all expectations, he comes back to life. After the accident, the scholar remains apathetic to his studies. He suddenly feels a strange awakening in his body and suspects that God is testing him. When his father notices these changes in his son’s behavior, he tries to forgive him, tormented by the fear that he has crossed God’s will when he resuscitated him.
The film interlaces two stories set fifty years apart, switching frequently between them. Each tells the story of a child’s quest. In 1927, Rose runs away from her father’s New Jersey home to find her mother/idol, the actress Lillian Mayhew. In 1977, recently orphaned Ben runs away from his Minnesota home in search of his father..
The People Under the Stairs 1991
R | 1h 42min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 1 November 1991 (USA)
The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family’s evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the “children” that the insane brother and sister have been “rearing” under the stairs.
When the body of a local teenage boy is found underneath the wheels of a tractor, the villagers in this remote community and his friends are forced to open up their world and watch their secrets spill out.