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Over the Edge 1979

Over the Edge 1979
1h 35min | Crime, Drama | 7 July 1979 (Japan)

Storyline:

A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.

User review:

I generally dislike teen movies. Mainly because they’re so unrealistic, romanticized versions of high school and teen life. Usually featuring a bunch of stereotypes and some dumb, superficial plot. “Over the Edge,” hovever, is one of the few teen movies that actually gets it right.

The movie focuses on a bunch of teens living in the boring, lifeless town of New Granada. A place with with nothing to do. No mall, no movie theaters, not even a fast food place. Nothing to give them somewhere to go or something to do. The adults in the movie can’t be bothered with them and are more interested in bringing people into New Granada and developing the town rather than meet the needs of the town’s youth. This makes the teens restless and bored and they resort to drugs, guns and crime to keep them occupied. The also misbehave in school and frustrate their teachers.

The local authorities try setting up a curfew, holding meetings and assemblies, and even shut down the local recreation center which provided the teens the only place they can go for fun and social contact. All the while overlooking the real source of the problem. The local sherrif who occasionally harasses the kids (often unfairly) only adds to the problem. The frustration finally builds and builds until the movie’s destructive climax.

Based on a true incident, “Over the Edge” is a film which, unlike most teen movies, deals with more weighty topics than who’s taking who to the prom. This is a much more realistic portrayal of teen life than “Sixteen Candles” or “Can’t Hardly Wait.” While the movie brings its message across, it does so without comming across as preachy.

I’m also amazed at how prophetic this movie ended up being, gieven the recent shootings at Littleton. The nation’s media and politicians put the blame on the entertainment industry (movies, TV, videogames, etc.) and are overlooking the real cause of what happened. This is very much like the adults in “Over the Edge.” Closing down the rec center and setting up a curfew didn’t make the problem go away because they had nothing to do with the cause of the problem. In fact, they just made things worse.

“Over the Edge” is a well made and underrated film that sadly rings just as true now as it did in 1979. The next time someone tells you that “The Breakfast Club” is the greatest teen movie ever, show them this movie and set them straight.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Writers: Charles S. Haas (as Charlie Haas), Tim Hunter
Stars: Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 7 July 1979 (Japan)
Also Known As: Wut im Bauch
Filming Locations: Aurora, Colorado, USA

Over the Edge 1979

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File size : 7.86 GiB
Duration : 1 h 34 min
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Nelson 2015

Nelson 2015
11min | Short, Drama | October 2015 (Belgium)

Storyline:

Two teenage boys are looking to lose their virginity and visit a pair of prostitutes. But will the experience be anything like they expect?

Directors: Juliette Klinke, Thomas Xhignesse
Writers: Juliette Klinke, Thomas Xhignesse
Stars: Axel Capite, Arnaud Castaigne, Julie Sokolowski
Country: Belgium
Language: French
Release Date: October 2015 (Belgium)

Nelson 2015

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Codec ID : mp42 (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 194 MiB
Duration : 11 min 15 s
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Fickende Fische 2002

Fickende Fische 2002
1h 44min | Drama | 15 August 2002 (Germany)

Storyline:

“What does your paradise look like, then?” – “Dark. Quiet. Wet. And full of fish.” Jan likes Shakespeare, water and fish. Nina likes roller-skates, cars and brightly dyed hair. Jan loves Nina. Nina loves Jan, but … Do Fish Do It? is a film about first love, the problems of growing up, the vital question if fish have sex and a threat this love is exposed to. 16-year old Jan is absent-mindedly strolling through the streets when he’s run over by roller-skating Nina. As fast as she has stormed into his life, however, she rushes off again. Nina is 15 years old and full of crazy ideas. She lives together with her brother, her father and his new girlfriend. Her mother isn’t in touch much. That’s why there is the unconventional Angel whose own daughter disappeared years ago and who is Nina’s best friend and substitute mother. Jan is a little shy, with a sheltered upbringing. Yet the image of the perfect family is an illusion. Jan feels lonely and the only person who seems to understand him is his grandfather. Jan’s great passion is water and fish for they make him forget about his illness. When Jan tries to carry a newly-acquired fish home safely, Nina bumps into him after another failed attempt to brake. As a result, the fish dies. Nina feels guilty, doesn’t want to let Jan go. Within a short time they get very close and Nina becomes equally fascinated by water and its scaly inhabitants. They start searching for an answer to the question if fish have sex and secretly meet at night to have picnics at the municipal aquarium. This is not without effect, friendship develops into tender love. Jan’s parents, who worry about their son’s health, are against the relationship. Only Jan’s grandfather stands by him and doesn’t begrudge him his happiness. On her birthday Nina learns that her father’s girlfriend is pregnant. Appalled, she flees to Jan. For the first time they end up in bed together. Basically a rather innocent encounter but Jan realizes all of a sudden that he’s dangerous for Nina and will continue to be so. He withdraws into his dream world – “dark, quiet, wet and full of fish”. But Nina won’t give up that easily …

User review:

Almut Getto created something only a few filmmakers are able to – an intimate portrait of young people falling in love for the first time. Although it all happens with one of the protagonists being HIV-positive, this is not another melodramatic movie about AIDS. No! “Fickende Fische” is first and above all a love story among two 16 year olds with all the normal problems, and AIDS being “just” one of them. Getto and her young actors perfectly walk the narrow line between intimate feelings and unrelenting fate – and manage to make the viewer an intimate part of this relationship.

Just as if we were one of the protagonists ourselves we feel our heart beat as they touch almost unknowingly for the first time; and feel with them each and every step of the following relationship.

“Fickende Fische” is a small movie. One of those that ask the audience to become a 16 year old boy or girl and fall in love again – and to deal with AIDS not in an AIDS-movie, but tragically and comically at the same time in a little big love story.

Director: Almut Getto
Writer: Almut Getto
Stars: Tino Mewes, Sophie Rogall, Hans Martin Stier
Country: Germany
Language: German
Release Date: 15 August 2002 (Germany)
Also Known As: Fucking Fish
Filming Locations: Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Fickende Fische 2002

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File size : 1.40 GiB
Duration : 1 h 40 min
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Maskeblomstfamilien 2010

Maskeblomstfamilien 2010

Maskeblomstfamilien 2010
1h 38min | Drama | 1 October 2010 (Norway)

Storyline:

It’s the summer of 1951 in Oslo. Lillian and Amund Wang are blessed with their first and only child. A boy. Or is it a girl? Outside there’s a solar eclipse, and all the birds stops singing. Young Adrian isn’t getting the operation which might give him the life he deserves in a conservative environment, and the apartment where he grows up becomes a greenhouse for the darkest flowers. Adrian grows up on lies, dying love and shamelessness. At 15 he overhears a conversation between the parents, which makes him attack his parents, and make him dangerous for his surroundings. Adrian takes his shame and guilt, and takes his punishment as a responsibility put upon him.

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Kid Svensk 2007

Kid Svensk 2007
1h 30min | Drama | 9 March 2007 (Finland)

Storyline:

The year is 1984. It’s summer, and the rebellious 12-year-old girl Kid wants to stay in Gothenburg, but her mother has other plans. Kid discovers that summer vacation in Finland isn’t as bad as first feared. In a few hot weeks she discovers her dawning sexuality, and experience her first crush.

User review:

This endearing and disarmingly beautiful little gem – a particularly authentic coming-of-age masterpiece set in the 80’s Scandinavia – has just too many merits to be overlooked.

Headstrong Kirsi, a Swedish girl of Finnish minority, has won a reporter contest for Radio Gothenburg. When her widowed and estranged mother decides to spend the summer in her homeland Finland, Kirsi (who has chosen to be known as Kid Svensk) decides to take a tape recorder and make a reportage about her stay in Finland.

Soon it becomes clear that this is a summer that changes Kid’s life. First love, very subtly narrated, and the homesickness and newfound love of mum (leading her to consider never to go back to Sweden again)

inevitably renders to a collision and eventually, deeper relationship

between mother and daughter.

The picture is so terrificly shot. And what the Nordic countries are famous for in cinema: capturing the angst and perception of children, without ever looking down or becoming childish, so very well done – in fact these are serious matters.

What completely baffled me was the acting of young Mia Saarinen. She was able to totally carry this complex role of a young girl with the world on her shoulders. She’s got a killer smile. The innocent-but-intelligent way she plays with a boy’s feelings. The precociousness and totally unnaive curiosity to understand the world around her. Very well done for an eleven year-old girl.

To sum it up – we have here a beautiful film, excellently acted and narrated. Big compliments for the director, and evidently looking promising for future projects!

Director: Nanna Huolman
Writer: Nanna Huolman
Stars: Mia Saarinen, Milka Ahlroth, Jim Rautiainen

Kid Svensk (2007)

90 min|Drama|March 9, 2007
6.2Rating: 6.2 / 10 from 468 users
The year is 1984. It's summer, and the rebellious 12-year-old girl Kid wants to stay in Gothenburg, but her mother has other plans. Kid discovers that summer vacation in Finland isn't as …

Kid Svensk 2007

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File size : 694 MiB
Duration : 1 h 23 min
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