At the end of the 1990s the Internet comes to Northern Norway and coincides with the sexual awakening of young Mads (12). The introduction of pornographic images into his life complicates ... See full summary »
Truls Krane Meby
Anders T. Andersen,
The two brothers Aske (17 years old) and Bastian (12 years old) live with their father, Lasse. Their mother died seven years earlier. Every day they live in a world where fear, violence and... See full summary »
Christopher Friis Jensen,
Fictionalized account of Jürgen Bartsch, a German boy who became notorious in the 1960's after his conviction for the serial killings and sexual molestation of a number of young German boys... See full summary »
Kai S. Pieck
Martin (14) is forced to deal with confused sexuality and the loss of a mother in a provincial setting in the mid-seventies, where the famed Danish liberation of porn has had its influence on the grownups.
Niels Arden Oplev
Anders W. Berthelsen,
Sidse Babett Knudsen
The film is about a boy's discovery that the best things in life are free; that would be one view; there are many others, which is why this is such a profound film.
The film begins with a boy lighting a single candle on a sandwich. It's his birthday. He then goes to his mother and is given money to buy his birthday gift. He leaves the house, buys an expensive personal music player, steals an orange from a greengrocer and cycles to the beach whereupon opening the gift he sees a family (a girl about his age with her parents) playing with inexpensive bats and a ball nearby. The girl approaches him and after a brief session fishing play hide-and-seek. The girl is called to go home by her parents but before leaving kisses him on the cheek. The boy swims in the sea then cycles home.
The central event of the film is the boy's birthday; it's the first thing we see. Of all the "gifts" he gets the best has no price: there is zero affection from his mother (who is possibly a prostitute) who chooses to give her son cash rather than buy him a gift, the orange he stole, but then he gets a kiss from a girl he's just met.
This is such a feel-good film. It's about purity and innocence, someone unloved meeting someone. It's all there if you look. The kiss is about affection, friendship and love; the opposite of what's going on in the boy's home. There is nothing sexual about the kiss which is why the title of the film comes at the end. To put so much into a few minutes with such brevity is incredible. An outstanding film that deserves much credit.
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