The short film “El balancín de Iván” (2003) is autobiographical, set on real events and quite intense. A woman's memory of her childhood in Argentina during the dictatorship.
9-year-old Thomas lives with his adoptive father Paul in London and they are striving to manage after the loss of Thomas' mother. Paul believes Thomas imagines friend Tom to cope with the tragedy. But Thomas is convinced his dreams and uncommon feelings are real. Tom is an orphan at a boy's school and he is in critical trouble. A school nurse takes him snooping just as a paralyzed boy's body is loaded into a car. He becomes a victim of an illegal adoption racket. Now Tom is a fugitive and lucky steal the same jacket that Thomas gets on the way to their meeting point: the space museum. At the museum, Thomas decides to protect Tom, but afraid of his father will not accept them unless they prove that they're twins. Only, the proof is back at the boy's school with some very bad lads ready to make Tom their next kidnap victim.
Young Aaron Johnson, a pretty talented kid actor, played both Tom and Thomas, and the tone he represented the various twins is wonderful. Performance, music, story - everything is excellent. In all, this is a great movie for kids and their parents.
"Un Infant Dans La Foule" (English: A Child in the Crowd) is the lost masterpiece of the French 1970s. It tells about a young boy who was rejected by society during the days of the German occupation. We watch the boy as he supports the Resistant fighters merely to make his mum love him. We observe him walking the streets where he is the only one to feel pity on a "Femme Tondue" (bald women, that was the masses did to women who slept with the enemy) as the allies approach near Paris. The story is sad because Paul's search for love is so relentlessly and undeservedly failed. Abused with a cruelly heartless mother who is the only real rascal in the story, some of the most touching scenes concern his affecting and empty efforts to get her love.
A “Child in the Crowd” movie is not as dark as either of these films, but, excepting its shortage of commercial trace, is every bit as significant.
The film “Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco” embodies the word exploitation on several levels. Pixote, a 10-year-old boy, is a street kid in Sao Paulo who is caught in a roundup triggered by a murder in which he had no involvement. He is committed to a juvenile prison where he witnesses brutality and exploitation that ordinary citizens try very hard to believe doesn't exist. When finally he escapes, he and three comrades survive by the only crime. Pixote tries to trust and to love and to bond, but there simply is no room in his world for the gentle side of human nature.
"Pixote" is one of the films that dare to touch and open these so painful wounds, and does it without the slightest glimmer of hope, in an honest portrayal of a country that, like Pixote himself, is already lost.
This sweet movie is about a young boy Edgar. In his 10 he is the Gardener-boy with unusual desires, irrelevant for the son of a prosperous producer, who gives his child any kind of pleasure in a rich house and enormous yard. But the bright negligence of Sweety (as mother calls Edgar) is killed by the addition to the family - the parents adopted the Peruvian boy without asking the Sweety. Mad son against implacable parents – this situation soon develops into the confrontation of an egocentric kid with a little Indian, who is supposed to become a younger brother.
Rejecting his parents, Edgar escapes in the own world with two helpers - an old gardener, and a family doctor. These two adults are turning his attention from the flower world to reality.
Anibal 2000 movie is a story about the Heart, about the Big Heart of a small person, which, with the support of wise men, finds feelings inside and awakens these feelings in others.
Language: French. Subtitles: English, German, Spanish
I suppose this amateur short film was shot with the regular camcorder, but it’s still brilliant.
A bit strange but intriguing short film.
This short film was shot in the Black Sea children's camp without any funds. Cast crew included 33 people, most of them were children from 10 to 15 years. The sound was recorded by smartphones, they were fastened with adhesive tape under the clothes.
A little orphan survives together with an old man, earning money by selling caught songbirds. They are happy with their freedom, despite poverty. Forest rustles and the rumble of a seething river, a starry night under grandfather's conversation, city people, and the bustle of hot places placing the child in unexpectedly dramatic circumstances. Symbols and allegories begin to appear through the haze of an ironic fairy tale, between the birds trapped in a cage and a prisoner trapped in a cell for nothing. The childhood joys are cut short by separation, turning around for the boy with the same bondage that had deprived the old man recently. In the despair of loneliness, the child is saved by a naive faith in the heavenly patronage of a happy star. This is a story of the inescapable longing of a child, from which there is no salvation other than heavenly miracles.
Language: Spanish - Español. Subtitles: English, German, French
The Danish name of the movie is “Bror, min bror”. This short film about two brothers - 12-years-old Theis (Aksel Leth) and 7-years-old Nico (Maurice Blinkenberg, who also acts in "Forbudt for børn"), and their neighbor Indian girl Giinjha (Tess Thorsen).
The brothers found a poster from "Gone with the Wind" with a kissing scene and younger Nico wondered "what are they doing". Older "expert" Theis explained why boy kisses girl. Later that day one of them was invited to Giinjha's birthday party. But who was invited? And who must kiss Giinjha to fulfill a promise?
Forbudt for børn is Danish short film trilogy about two siblings Ida and Scrubsak. The parts names are Buldermanden 1996, Lykkefanten 1997, and Ogginoggen 1997. Also, there is the documentary film "Behind the scene" about creating a trilogy.
Little girl Ida (Stephania Potalivo) is only 11 years old, but she must behave like an adult. It is hard. You have to practice a lot. Her mother and father are divorced. The mother drinks too much and Ida must, therefore, take care of her 5-year-old little brother Skrubsak ((Maurice Blinkenberg who also acts in “Theis and Nico”) and she must keep the municipality and the threatening orphanage from the door. At the same time, she has to look after her school and her mother's cleaning job in the evening. She tries to keep it hidden from everyone else, and when the little brother tells Grandma what is happening in the little home, Ida throws herself into the harbor. While the body is on its way to the bottom, the soul is on its way to heaven, but here God is trying to talk her from death by saying that one must know the happiness on earth to appreciate the happiness in Paradise. Ida must return to life on earth and try to create a better life for herself.
All three movies are pretty original and meaningful to young and old. The director has an enormous spirit to work with so different genres and moods all in the same trilogy. Superb!
All parts and descriptions are in the playlist. Danish language. With English and Portuguese subtitles.
The story performs at the seaside of Nice, France. One day a young vagrant kid was just there - the beautiful gypsy boy with the amazing smile, courteously asking people on the street: 'Would you like to adopt me?'. A 10 years-old-boy should have had some direction along the way, he never steals but applies an impressive attractiveness to get food and win friends. Bright-eyed and wily, Mondo runs in fear when asked his age, address, or family. He has no answers to these simple questions. He is independent, happy, and does what he likes, with nobody pushing him what to do. The film's apparentness may seem to be flat on the plot, but it is not as simple as it seems. If watching carefully it has a lot hidden below the surface.
11-year-old Romanian gypsy Ovidiu Balan, playing a homeless Gypsy boy, made this movie worth seeing. The movie itself is visually sensational, it's more documentary than anything, it has very little dialogue....and maybe that's a good thing.
'Mondo' reminds the value of appreciation of the world around us for what it is, tidy of prepossessions or apathy.
One day Ms. Berti Bartolotti received an unusual package: a giant canned tin in which a somewhat shriveled dwarf was crouched. After pouring the enclosed nutrient solution over it, a seven-year-old child emerges from the can, a boy who surprisingly and politely says "Good afternoon, dear mother!" To Mrs. Bartolotti. Konrad, the child from the tin can, initially turns out to be a real model boy, until it turns out that he was a wrong delivery ...
The movie is based on the children's book Konrad oder das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse (Konrad or the Child out of the Tin) by Austrian author Christine Nöstlinger.
Morgans — a perfect family, as from the picture. Ian is the authoritative head of the family, and his loving wife Cassandra is a typical housewife. Their children are Jenna, a girl obedient and talented in music, and Timmy, an intelligent boy beyond his years. Morgans look like the ideal family of the 90s. But what is hidden behind all this STORY?