Goodbye, Boys 1964
Do svidaniya, malchiki! (original title)
1h 22min | Drama, War | 3 January 1966 (Soviet Union)
Goodbye, Boys! is the coming-of-age tale of three teenagers graduating from a Communist school during World War II. It’s summer, and their main goals are swimming in the Black Sea and wooing the girl all three of them love. However, they are asked to become officers in the military, and slowly their worlds begin changing forever. Their parents oppose them, they begin fearing losing each other and their families, and the military tricks and maneuvers them into joining the army instead of the navy.
The Boat Is Full 1981
Das Boot ist voll (original title)
PG | 1h 41min | Drama, War | 15 January 1981 (Germany)
During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: “Our boat is full.” A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: four Jews, a French child, and a German soldier. They seek temporary refuge with a couple who run a village inn. They pose as a family: the deserter as husband, Judith as his wife, an old man from Vienna as her father, his granddaughter and the French lad, whom they beg to keep silent, as their children. Judith’s teenage brother poses as a soldier. The fabrication unravels through chance and the local constable’s exact investigation. Whom will the Swiss allow to stay? Who gets deported?
Spring in My Hometown 1998
Areumdawoon sheejul (original title)
2h | Drama, War | 21 November 1998 (South Korea)
A story of two 13-year-old boys in a small country village during the last days of the Korean War. Sungmin’s father gets a job at US army camp through his daughter’s American boyfriend, and the family gets richer. But Changhee’s father has been long-lost and his mother can’t even afford one meal a day for her children. One day, the boys peep into a deserted mill-house which is unofficially used for prostitution, and find out Changhee’s mother with a GI soldier. Changhee sets fire to the place and runs away. Months later, Sungmin hears a rumor that his best friend has been killed by a group of angry American soldiers and makes an empty grave with other boys. A year later, Sungmin’s father gets fired for stealing things from the camp. Sangmin goes to Changhee’s grave to bid farewell and the family leaves the village.
A Melody to Remember 2016
Op-pa saeng-gak (original title)
2h 4min | Action, Drama, War | 21 January 2016 (South Korea)
Second Lieutenant Han Sang-Yeok (Si Wan) leads his platoon during the Korean War in the early 1950s. During the war, Sang-yeok encounters a children’s choir who have lost everything due to the war. Emphasising with their plight, he tries to protect the children.
The War Is Over 1989
Après la guerre (original title)
1h 45min | Comedy, Drama, War | 26 April 1989 (France)
The film is set in France in August 1944 at the end of the war. German troops are in retreat as the allies are coming in. Two French boys run from home and on their journey they stumble upon a German soldier. Soon they become friends and together they head towards Lyon…
1h 26min | Drama, War | 22 February 2019 (Russia)
The film is based on real events. This is a story about exciting events that occurred in the life of the smallest soldier – the hero of the Great Patriotic War, six-year-old Sergei Aleshkov. He lost all his relatives and got into the army. With a six-year-old boy, they started playing the soldier game in order to preserve his childhood, and he, in order to comply with this honorary title, became a real defender of the Motherland.
Reach for Glory 1963
1h 26min | Drama, War | April 1962 (UK)
During World War II, teenage boys in a small English town are consumed with jingoism and brutal war games, hoping dearly that the war won’t end before they can fight in it. John, one of the younger members, is increasingly torn between these peer group values and his deepening homoerotic friendship with Mark, a gentle Jewish refugee whom his gang has ostracized as a sissy and a coward. Based on the novel “The Custard Boys”, by John Rae. Reminiscent of “Lord of the Flies” in depicting adolescent cruelty growing unchecked to tragic extremes.
The Rifleman 2019
Dveselu putenis (original title)
1h 44min | Drama, History, War | 8 November 2019 (Latvia)
The love story of the sixteen-year-old Arturs gets interrupted by the First World War. After losing his mother and his home, he finds some consolation in joining the army, because this is the first time the Russian Empire permits national battalions. However, war is nothing like Arturs imagined – no glory, no fairness. It is brutal and painful. Arturs is now completely alone as the war takes the lives of his father and brother. Also, no progress is made in the promised quick resolution of the war and timely return home. Within the notion that only he alone cares about returning home and that his homeland is just a playground for other nations, Arturs finds strength for the final battle and eventually returns home to start everything from scratch, just like his newly born country.