Murmur of the Heart 1971
Le souffle au coeur (original title)
1h 58min | Comedy, Drama | 28 April 1971 (France)
This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than America in the 1990s. Thus, Laurent is unharmed by events which would irreparably shatter the self-esteem of a modern American adolescent: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex, he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. There’s enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies, and yet this is a very happy and oddly innocent tale. Continue reading →
22min | Short, Drama | 11 November 2013 (France)
An uncompromising and controversial short set in the Scandinavian suburbia on the hottest day of the summer. A sister reluctantly babysits her little brother. Two young boys catch her attention, and she makes a crucial decision.
De witte 1980
De witte van Sichem
1h 46min | Drama | 25 March 1980 (Belgium)
The second movie version, now in color, of Flemish (heimat-)author Ernest Claes’ classical novel, titled after the nickname (Dutch ‘the White’, referring to a blond male) of the main character. The smart but naughty farmhands son’s eternal mischief, pranks and disobedience drive his elders (especially teachers, family and father’s grumpy employer, a rich farmer, but also neighbors and even the kind curate whose liturgical server he is) and classmates to despair in a time when a boy’s punishment was still inevitable, swift and often severe; thus when his mother catches him skinny dipping she takes all his clothes home, forcing him to a long walk of shame, dreading dad’s wrath all the way. This version also stresses the story’s social and Flamingant aspects.
1h 57min | Drama | 20 October 2000 (Turkey)
Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at Cannes for Yol (The Road). When the Turkish superstar leading man turned human rights activist, Guney was convicted for pro-Kurdish political activity and murder, by the Turkish military regime. Director/writer Guney’s last film, Duvar (The Wall), was banned in Turkey for 17 years. The incarcerated teens organize and fight back, brutalize each other, exult over the smallest triumph, while joking, suffering and learning from the inhumanity they wallow in. The prison also separately houses men and women, many played by other Turkish expatriates.
Maske Ku Vi 1977
Måske ku’ vi (original title)
1h 38min | Drama | 16 February 1976 (Denmark)
Kim (Karl Wagner) is an attractive and well-liked 15-year-old Danish boy with a rather ordinary life. He likes to drink beer and party with his friends. School is a bore. His parents are divorced and his mother doesn’t make much money. She nags at him, frustrated that he wants to go out all the time, and that he doesn’t apply himself or take responsibility. Suddenly Kim finds himself taken hostage by bank robbers, along with Marianne (Marianne Berg), who’s also 15. They find themselves out in the country, hiding from the police, making love and meeting unusual people with unconventional points of view. What will happen to the young lovers’ new romance when the adventure is over and they have to return to their real lives?