Pretty Boy 1993

Pretty Boy 1993

Pretty Boy 1993
Smukke dreng (original title)
1h 26min | Drama | 26 March 1993 (Denmark

Storyline:

A neglected, young teenager abandons his troubled home and finds himself caught in a network of jealousy as he drifts from one romantic companion to another, longing for belonging, while living as a hustler and thief among a gang of such.

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Xenia 2014

Xenia 2014

Xenia 2014
2h 14min | Drama, Romance | 18 June 2014 (France)

Storyline:

Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father, after their Albanian mother passes away. Determined to force him to acknowledge paternity, little do they know that the road to the much-coveted Greek citizenship is paved with ghosts from the past, adult savagery and a dream that needs to come true, no matter what. Reaching the end of this initiatory journey they eventually come of age even if Greece refuses to follow.

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Noi 4 2014

Noi 4 2014

Noi 4 2014
1h 33min | Comedy | 20 March 2014 (Italy)

Storyline:

The sun rises and Lara, Ettore, Emma and Giacomo wake up in different places: Lara on his bed; Ettore, on the couch of a friend; Emma, in a busy theater, and Giacomo, in the house of her aunt. Not likely, but they are a family, very close once; today, something less. We are about to witness one day in their lives: frantic, complicated, ordinary and special.
(Google translated)

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Watercolors 2008 dvdrip

Watercolors 2008 dvdrip

Watercolors 2008 dvdrip
1h 54min | Drama, Romance | 15 November 2009 (Germany)

Storyline:

A story about two classmates – one smart and openly gay and the other school swimming star. They grow as friends and discover their attraction to each other. This story has been told many times but the characters in this version are very endearing.

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Welp 2014

Welp 2014
1h 24min | Adventure, Horror | 29 October 2014 (Belgium)

Storyline:

Sam, 12, is in trouble: his entire “Pathfinder” scout troop picks on him – and worse. The leader, Peter, is the worst of all. He seems to find a sadistic pleasure in humiliating Sam. This year’s trip is to a woods near the French border where a curious legend named Kai is said, around the campfire, to make mischief. But when Sam finds that Kai is no legend and that he makes more than mischief, no one believes him.

User review:

There’s little coherency in Cub, it’s supposed to be a horror but half of the film is one kid getting harassed. In attempt to create any thrill it relies too much on convenience plot devices such as traps placed just in the right spot as plot demands it or the so called monster appears literally out of nowhere. If there’s a message to be had here, it should be not to leave your impressionable kids with unprofessional scout leaders. Pretty much the same thing since Friday the 13th.

The story follows Sam, a very unfortunate boy who is on the receiving end of substandard treatment from his peers and supervisors. He and his scout unit go into a forest for camping, only to find that there are others await them. It’s a very straightforward plot, and to its credit the film tries to include child negligence issue, but the approach is too heavy-handed to be effective.

Its worst barrier is the illogical thinking and action of the characters. These people, even the adults, don’t seem to be functioning that well. Sam himself is a bit passive and finicky, the film wants the audience to sympathize with him, but it’s hard to relate since most issues can be resolved with basic communication skill. I’ve seen horror movies with bland plot device of odd kid who cries wolf, Cub takes it even further till the point of exhaustion.

Pacing isn’t that smooth either, almost two third of the movie is Sam getting yelled at and the rest of characters fumbling around. It does have some good scares or tense atmosphere at times, although these moments are few in between the banters and also unrealistic at best. The cinematography is decent, the film admittedly has several presentable shots, especially during the day with good lighting. However, the sequences in night time are sketchy, which is unfortunate since last act happens entirely in darkness.

There are gruesome events, these are mostly for shock value. If it tries to reach any fundamental message, Cub simply doesn’t have the direction to convey it. The film doesn’t even offer plausible motive, back story or explanation. Things just happen, and it wants you to be okay with that.

Truly, the real horror is how anyone would let their children roam the forest of haunted past guided by a couple of unqualified leaders. Keep your children save.

Director: Jonas Govaerts
Writers: Jonas Govaerts, Roel Mondelaers
Stars: Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3061836/

Welp 2014

Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 563 MiB
Duration : 1h 24mn
Overall bit rate : 935 Kbps

Pixote 1981

Pixote 1981

Pixote 1981

Pixote 1981
Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (original title)
2h 8min | Crime, Drama | 18 September 1981 (Brazil)

Storyline:

The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

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The child I never was 2002

The child I never was 2002

The child I never was 2002

The child I never was 2002
Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen (2002)
1h 23min | Crime, Drama | 15 November 2002 (Germany)

Storyline:

Fictionalized account of Jürgen Bartsch, a German boy who became notorious in the 1960’s after his conviction for the serial killings and sexual molestation of a number of young German boys. Told partly as recreation and partly as taped confession.

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