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Olivier Olivier 1992

Olivier Olivier 1992
R | 1h 50min | Drama | 28 October 1992 (France)

Storyline

A nine-year-old boy disappears without a trace. Six years later, he reappears in Paris but there are doubts about his real identity.

User review:

Now this is a truly wonderful film. It’s simple enough: one day, a young boy goes missing from his family. Several years later, he returns – or does he?

This movie is a flawless dissection of a frighteningly twisted family, with extremely vivid characters. Agnieszka Holland has succeeded at that difficult task: create realistic characters in a believable situation, yet present them with shockingly eerie dilemma. Strongly recommended.

Side note: the only flaw in this movie was the rather ridiculous invocation of the supernatural. Fortunately, it’s part of an almost completely irrelevant subplot, and can be safely ignored.

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Writers: Agnieszka Holland, Agnieszka Holland (adaptation)
Stars: Brigitte Roüan, François Cluzet, Jean-François Stévenin

Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 700 MiB
Duration : 1 h 43 min
Overall bit rate : 941 kb/s

Encirclements 2014

Encirclements 2014
1h 36min | Drama, Family | 18 June 2015 (Israel)

Storyline

When thirteen year old Aharon,is selected for the great honor of carrying the big Torah book around the neighborhood in ‘Simchat Torah’ celebrations, he feels life is finally about to change for the better. But his selection causes age-old tensions between his parents to surface, and the symbolic happy ritual becomes a life-threatening struggle.

User review:

I came to this movie wondering if I have patience to watch many of the usual character actors once more in yet another comic drama about a close-knit, down-at-heel neighborhood of colorful, superstitious first- and second-generation Israelis from Arab countries. But it’s a different, original movie and well worth watching. There is a remarkable group of well-differentiated and well-acted child characters. Chief among them is Aharon, who has inherited from his father a heavy dose of hard luck and a defiant sense of dignity. Everyone in the script seems strongly motivated, and when their motivations aren’t colliding with great energy, they’re underlined by warm understanding. Parallelling the gang of kids is an almost equally magnetic gang of old people, and in the middle is a couple with a troublesome void in their marriage. Everyone is, of course, “encircled” by hardships and dilemmas and such, but the encirclement that the Hebrew title emphasizes is the hefting of the Torah scroll around and about the synagogue on the Simhat Torah holiday. The script can perhaps be forgiven (and perhaps not) for portraying a community that anomalously sings a Yom Kippur song on Simhat Torah. Folk beliefs about the Torah-carrying ceremony drive the central plot, up to a culmination that may disappoint some viewers (but far be it from me to spoil an ending).

Director: Lee Gilat
Writer: Lee Gilat
Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Assi Levy, Agam Ozalvo

Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 1.69 GiB
Duration : 1 h 34 min
Overall bit rate : 2 558 kb/s

Goodnight Mister Tom 1998

Goodnight Mister Tom 1998
1h 48min | Drama, War | TV Movie 25 October 1998

Storyline

We’re in an English village shortly before Dunkirk. “Mr. Tom” Oakley still broods over the death of his wife and small son while he was away in the navy during WWI, and grief has made him a surly hermit. Now children evacuated from London are overwhelming volunteers to house them. Practically under protest, Mr. Tom takes in a painfully quiet 10-year-old, who gradually reveals big problems. William nightly wets the bed. He can’t read or write, although he is intelligent and shows artistic talent. He constantly dreads going to hell. Scars cover his back. Mr. Tom soon realizes that his little boarder comes from a horribly abusive home, and determines to provide him a better one. All goes well until William’s mother persuades him to return to London for a few days’ visit. When Mr. Tom hears nothing from the boy after two weeks, he can endure the loneliness and worry no longer.

User review:

I saw the movie before I read the Michelle Magorian book and I enjoyed both. The movie, more than the book, made me come close to tears on several occasions. This film touches the deepest points of the human soul and never lets go. I encourage as many people to watch this masterpiece as much and as soon as possible. I give it ten stars.

Director: Jack Gold
Writers: Brian Finch (adaptation), Michelle Magorian (novel)
Stars: John Thaw, Nick Robinson, Annabelle Apsion

Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.93 GiB
Duration : 1 h 41 min
Overall bit rate : 2 731 kb/s

Au plus pres du soleil 2015

Au plus pres du soleil 2015
1h 43min | Drama | 9 September 2015 (France)

Storyline

A tale of a couple of magistrates, a female judge and her husband advocate who are foster parents of a young teen whose the biological mother is in feud with the female judge, and in the same time begins an affair with the advocate.

User review:

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

What a wonderful french drama showing us the tale of a couple of magistrates – female judge and her husband advocate – who are foster parents of a young teen whose the biological mother is in feud with the female judge, and in the same time begins an affair with the – advocate

husband. A biological mother who also doesn’t know that her own child

is the foster son of the couple whom she is involved with…

I have already told the climax of this story in the summary line above.

You deal here with a tremendous piece of work, very well acted, directed, edited, and with an open end, as we often see in french films.

Director: Yves Angelo
Writers: Yves Angelo (screenplay), François Dupeyron (screenplay)
Stars: Sylvie Testud, Grégory Gadebois, Mathilde Bisson

Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
Codec ID : mp42 (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 593 MiB
Duration : 1 h 38 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 842 kb/s

Samostoyatelnaya zhizn 1992

Samostoyatelnaya zhizn 1992

Samostoyatelnaya zhizn 1992
1h 37min | Drama | 30 September 1992 (France)

Plot:

In this sequel to “Zamri, Umri, Voskresni!” (“Freeze, Die, Come to Life”), our hero, Valerka, now roughly 14-years-old, finds himself alive but still unable to keep out of trouble. His female chum Galia did not fare as well, but her sister is present and develops a love/hate relationship with her sibling’s friend. Complications arise when the boy is accused of stealing at school and again finds himself on the lam. Very similar to its predecessor, except that it is filmed in color and concludes with a dose of surrealism. Winner of the 1992 Grand Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival.

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Elvis Elvis 1976

Elvis Elvis 1976
1h 41min | Drama | 20 November 1976 (Sweden)

Storyline

Tale of a boy, roughly eight, who experiences a number of problems due to his estranged relationship with his mother. Mom wants her little boy to be someone other than who he is; junior is stubborn, fights back. Can these two find a common ground before the ending credits roll?

User review:

Kay Pollak, the director of Elvis! Elvis! (who also directed the acclaimed Barnens ö ), remains true to the cinematic traditions of his country. He’s directed a film that lacks any dramatic tensions or unexpected events. Instead, the film is done in almost a documentary fashion and shows us the world as seen and experienced by six-year-old Elvis Karlsson (Lele Dorazio), a sensible boy who tries his best to understand the demands and expectations that adults have of him and of other adults. Elvis has trouble socializing with his peers and is always criticized by his mother who, as most parents do, seemingly expects her little boy to behave in the exact way she imagines he should, not giving him a chance to be himself. And that’s what Elvis’s challenge is — to be himself and hope that his mother and peers will accept him for who he is.

The film feels retro (not surprisingly since its release was more than thirty years ago). Overcast colors, combined with scenes with low light causing shadows to make an impression, plus the sharp cut from dark scenes shot in the evening to the shining light of the morning, delivers quite a dramatic natural special effect. The little Lele Dorazio is truly adorable as Elvis and delivers a natural performance – being himself while acting as protagonist of the film. The camera frequently focuses on his face and eyes, thus allowing the viewer to see/sense his emotions while he strives to make himself understood and accepted.

Although Elvis! Elvis! is a good coming of age story, it lacks the entertainment value that most of us expect to obtain from cinema thanks to the blockbusters and media that surrounds us nowadays. But this film is worth seeing by anyone who has a genuine interest in the growing up period or European cinema in particular. As with most films about childhood shot in the Scandinavian regions, the intended audience is predominately adults or mature younger individuals who perceive cinema as a form of art and a way to find out more about the world they live in. It will be appreciated by an audience that has already passed through the coming of age process and is able to recognize its trials and tribulations in the cinematic portrayal of the daily life of a young Swedish boy.

Director: Kay Pollak
Writers: Maria Gripe, Kay Pollak
Stars: Lele Dorazio, Lena-Pia Bernhardsson, Fred Gunnarsson

Elvis Elvis 1976

Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 1.44 GiB
Duration : 1 h 36 min
Overall bit rate : 2 132 kb/s