Hope and Glory 1987

Hope and Glory 1987

Hope and Glory 1987
1h 53min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 November 1987 (Ireland)

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A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was more of an adventure, a total upheaval of order, restrictions and discipline. The liberating effect of the war on the women left behind. And the joy when Hitler blows up your school.

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Stolen Summer 2002

Stolen Summer 2002

Stolen Summer 2002
PG | 1h 31min | Drama | 25 July 2003 (Italy)

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Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he’s admonished by a nun to follow the path of the Lord, and not that of the Devil. Perhaps taking this message a bit too seriously, Pete decides it’s his goal for the summer to help someone get into heaven; having been told that Catholicism is the only sure path to the kingdom of the Lord, Pete decides to convert a Jew to Catholicism in order to improve their standing in the afterlife. Hoping to find a likely candidate, Pete begins visiting a nearby synagogue, where he gets to know Rabbi Jacobson, who responds to Pete’s barrage of questions with good humor. Pete also makes friends with the Rabbi’s son, Danny, who is about the same age; when he learns that Danny is seriously ill, he decides Danny would be an excellent choice for conversion. When the priest at Pete’s church informs Pete that all will be tested before they pass the Pearly Gates, he sets up a mini-decathlon and puts Danny in training as he attempts to reshape his spiritual thinking. Pete’s parents aren’t sure just what to make of Pete’s new summer project, and as they become acquainted with Rabbi Jacobson, they share their perspectives on the unexpected trials of parenting.

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The Reflecting Skin 1990

The Reflecting Skin 1990

The Reflecting Skin 1990
R | 1h 36min | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 9 November 1990 (UK)

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A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of discouraging his brother from seeing her. He must deal with an abusive mother, a father with a charge of molestation, a band of youths creating havoc, and an unforgiving environment in general.

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Histoires extraordinaires 1968

Histoires extraordinaires 1968

Histoires extraordinaires 1968
2h 1min | Horror, Mystery | 12 September 1968 (Italy)

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Three directors each adapt a Poe short story to the screen: “Toby Dammit” features a disheveled drugged and drunk English movie star who nods acceptance in the Italian press and his producers fawn over him. “Metzengerstein” features a Mediveal countess who has a love-hate relationship with a black stallion – who, it turns out is really her dead lover. “William Wilson” tells the story of a sadistic Austrian student with an exact double whom he later kills.

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Real Boy 2016

Real Boy 2016

Real Boy 2016
1h 12min | Documentary, Family, Music | 2016 (USA)

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REAL BOY is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen.

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A Boy Called H 2013

A Boy Called H 2013

A Boy Called H 2013
Shônen H (original title)
2h 1min | Drama | 10 August 2013 (Japan)

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Narrated and viewed from the perspective of a child in the family, Shoonen H portrays the daily trials and societal difficulties of a Christian family from just prior to the commencement of World War II to its aftermath. Distrusted as Christians, yet steadfast, the parents become sources of reassurance and discipline for the children in a society in turmoil.

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