So Long Enthusiasm 2017
Adiós entusiasmo (original title)
1h 19min | Drama | February 2017 (Germany)
Margarita lives with her son Axel and his older sisters Antonia, Alejandra and Alicia. Their flat is like a cosy cave where they play music, eat, sleep and argue in the warm lamplight. An intimate family cocoon. The fact that Margarita lives locked up in a room beyond the bathroom is just how things are. The children communicate with their mother through a small window, giving her blankets, DVDs and reading material and celebrating her birthday in the corridor. When she’s eventually had enough, it’s Axel that must decide what to do.
The Greenhouse Effect 2005
Parnikovyy effekt (original title)
1h 33min | Drama | 1 September 2005 (Russia)
loved these unlikeable characters…..one of whom is a hustler and a thief, the other is a young confused liar and ingrate.
But I still came to like them.
The excellent acting by the two young protagonists is compelling and very believable. Rita and Nemoy take us on their journey of taking each day as it comes, of searching for the past and perhaps building for a future.
The Swamp 2001
La Ciénaga (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 43min | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 2001 (Argentina)
Chekhov in contemporary Argentina. Mecha and Gregorio are at their rundown country place near La Ciénaga with their teen children. It’s hot. The adults drink constantly; Mecha cuts herself, engendering a trip to the hospital and a visit from her son José. A cousin, Tali, brings her children. The kids are on their own, sunbathing by the filthy pool, dancing in town, running in the hills with shotguns, driving cars without licenses. One of the teen girls loves Isabel, a family servant constantly accused of stealing. Mother and son, son and sisters, teen and Isabel are in each other’s beds and bathrooms with a creepy intimacy. With no adults paying attention, who’s at risk?
Long Live Ghosts 1977
At zijí duchové! (original title)
1h 25min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 12 April 1979 (Hungary)
Trespassing gang of boys encounter a ghost in the ruins of a castle. When they rescue the ghost who is caught in a trapset, they become allies in a fight to prevent ruins from being turned into mushroom farm by the city authorities.
Nobody Knows 2004
Dare mo shiranai (original title)
PG-13 | 2h 21min | Drama | 13 May 2004 (France)
In Tokyo, the reckless single mother Keiko moves to a small apartment with her twelve years old son Akira Fukushima and hidden in the luggage, his siblings Shigeru and Yuki. Kyoko, another sibling arrives later by train. The children have different fathers and do not have schooling, but they have a happy life with their mother. When Keiko finds a new boyfriend, she leaves the children alone, giving some money to Akira and assigning him to take care of his siblings. When the money runs out, Akira manages to find means to survive with the youngsters without power supply, gas or water at home, and with the landlord asking for the rent.