Friday, December 14, 2018

El último verano de la Boyita. 2009. DVD.

Последнее лето в Бойте / El último verano de la Boyita. 2009. DVD.
 Young Jorgelina feels estranged from her boy-crazy older sister, who has entered adolescence and doesn't want to hang around with little kids anymore. Finding refuge in their Boyita camper-van, Jorgelina travels with her father to the countryside, where her lifelong playmate Mario is undergoing some unexpected changes of his own.
Director: Julia Solomonoff.
Cast: Guadalupe Alonso, Nicolás Treise, Mirella Pascual, Gabo Correa, María Clara Merendino, Guillermo Pfening, Arnoldo Treise, Claudio Quinteros, Silvia Tavcar, Edith Nadalin, María Florencia Balivasevic, Héctor Streck.
Argentina, Spain, France, 2009.
Language: English, Russian.
Subtitles: Russian.
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Последнее лето в Бойте / El último verano de la Boyita. 2009. DVD.
 El último verano de la Boyita. 2009. DVD.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Nine Meals From Chaos / Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos. 2018. HD.

Nine Meals From Chaos / Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos. 2018. HD.
ES. Ocho años después de un cataclismo, la raza humana, de la que sólo ha sobrevivido una de cada diez personas, ha perdido todas sus estructuras sociales. Nuevo proyecto de Iván Noel, parcialmente inspirado en "El señor de las moscas".
EN. What really happens after war or disease eventually wipes out most of humanity? Leaving aside fables of mass zombie invasion, or vigilante groups magically armed with assault weapons: how would humans actually re-group? How would they act when attempting to survive? How indeed would human morality and modern taboos fare in this probable scenario? This daring film will attempt to answer this as realistically as possible, making films like 'Lord of the Flies' look like a family camping trip.
Eight years after a cataclysm and disease ravaged the human race - leaving just one in every ten surviving -, all social structures have crumbled like sand castles. Too few still live for anything to have been reconstructed. All remaining animals have been consumed and no sowing has yet been possible. It is Man at his most basic, destitute level.
Two groups  inhabit the desolate and abandoned land: packs of orphaned children in a feral state, living a nomadic life-style for their safety, and adults (with their offspring), barely surviving any better by living off their meat.
It is a war only the most desperate of the two will win.
Director: Iván Noel.
Cast: Tatiana Gonzales Bozzetto, Joaquin Brizuela, Oscar Mira, Zoe Osan, Emanuel Renzini, Rosana Rossotti, Ismael Stampone, Thiago Stampone.
Argentina, 2018.
Language: Spanish, English.
Subtitles: Spanish, English.
Directors cut, 98 min.
1920x1080 HD
Nine Meals From Chaos / Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos. 2018. HD.
Nine Meals From Chaos / Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos. 2018. HD.
Nine Meals From Chaos / Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos. 2018. HD.
Nine Meals From Chaos / Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos. 2018. HD.

Trener. 1969.

Тренер / Trener. 1969.
 “Trener” is a Soviet feature film about sports.
Innocentiy Sosnowskiy, a new gymnastics coach who came to a Siberian town, is taking a risk: in order for his students to believe in themselves, at important competitions he replaces strong athletes with them and gets the expected result.
Director: Yakov Bazelyan.
Cast: Lyonya Bazutkin, Boris Gitin, Andrey Kharybin, Vladimir Pitsek, Natalya Rychagova, Valeri Ryzhakov, Dmitri Sosnovsky, Mariya Vinogradova, Vadim Zakharchenko, Sergei Yevsyunin.
USSR, Kinostudiya imeni M. Gorkogo, 1969.
Language: Russian.
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Тренер / Trener. 1969.
 Trener. 1969.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Chto u Senki bylo / What Senka Said. 1984.

Что у Сеньки было / Chto u Senki bylo / What Senka Said. 1984.
The five-year Senka is home alone because his mom is pregnant and his father took her to the hospital. From this event boy's amazing adventures in the village began.
Director: Radomir Vasilevsky.
Writer: Radij Pogodin.
Cast: Aleksei Veselov, Yulia Kosmachyova, Vladimir Nosik, Yekaterina Vasilyeva, Nadezhda Butyrtseva, Svetlana Kharitonova, Yuriy Nazarov, Stefaniya Stanyuta, Konstantin Stepankov, Aleksandr Pashutin, Vladimir Shpudejko.
USSR, Odessa Film Studios, 1984.
Language: Russian.
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Что у Сеньки было / Chto u Senki bylo / What Senka Said. 1984.
Chto u Senki bylo / What Senka Said. 1984.

Tri šťastné čerešne / Three happy cherries. 1977. HD.

Tri šťastné čerešne / Three happy cherries. 1977. HD.
 SK. Moderná rozprávka, poeticky ladený príbeh o chlapcovi - prvákovi, ktorý sa nevedel dočkať zrelých čerešní.
EN. A modern fairytale, a poetic story about a boy - a freshman can not wait for ripe cherries.
Director: Vladimír Kavčiak.
Cast: Beata Znaková-Drotárová, Jana Plichtová, Jozef Cút, Karel Augusta, Eduard Stančík, Maroš Tvarožek, Robert Šurina.
Czechoslovakia, 1977.
Language: Slovak.
Tri šťastné čerešne / Three happy cherries. 1977. HD.
Tri šťastné čerešne / Three happy cherries. 1977. HD.

Bramy raju / Die Pforten des Paradieses / Gates to Paradise. 1968.

Врата рая / Gates to Paradise / Bramy raju / Die Pforten des Paradieses. 1968.
 Gates to Paradise is a 1968 film by Polish director Andrzej Wajda. The film is set in medieval France and is based on a story by Polish writer Jerzy Andrzejewski (1960) that seeks to expose the motives behind youthful religious zeal. It was entered into the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.
A group of children left their homes to follow Jacques de Cloyes (John Fordyce) in his pilgrim to Jerusalem. Jacques is saying that he had heard the Voice of God telling him to go to Jerusalem to find the grave of Jesus. While on their way there, a monk (Lionel Stander) accompany them. Some of the children (girls and boys) makes a confession to the monk, their unrequited love for Jacques, their jealousies. Last one to confess was Jacques himself, a boy so beautiful that girls and boys and even man fell in love with him. In the end, is it really the Voice of God he heard?
Director: Andrzej Wajda.
Cast: Lionel Stander, Ferdy Mayne, Pauline Challoner, Mathieu Carrière, Jenny Agutter, John Fordyce, Denis Gilmore, Kynaston Reeves, Janez Vrhovec, Dragomir Felba, Gojko Kovacevic, Ljubomir Radovic.
UK, Yugoslavia, 1968.
Language: English, Russian.
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Врата рая / Gates to Paradise / Bramy raju / Die Pforten des Paradieses. 1968.
Gates to Paradise / Bramy raju / Die Pforten des Paradieses. 1968.

Estiu 1993 / Verano 1993 / Summer 1993. 2017.

 Estiu 1993 / Verano 1993 / Summer 1993. 2017.
EN. Summer 1993 (Original title: Estiu 1993) is a 2017 Catalan-language drama film directed by Carla Simón. The film premiered in the Generation section at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the GWFF Best First Feature Award. It was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.
In the Summer of 1993, Frida, a six-year-old little girl, leaves Barcelona and her grandparents for the countryside. After her father, her mother has just died of a mysterious illness. Taken in by her uncle Esteve and aunt Marga, Frida discovers her new environment, an old stone farmhouse in a mountainous area close to a dense forest. Her new "parents" prove friendly. Another good point is that they have a three-year old daughter named Anna who can become a playmate. For another child less disturbed than miserable uprooted Frida, this would be the most idyllic of stays, in other words a permanent vacation. But Frida IS disturbed and if there are undeniably good times at her new "home", there is also the unexpressed pain which makes her both feel sad and behave badly. Will Frida overcome her troubles? Only the end of Summer will tell.
ES. Frida (Laia Artigas), una niña de seis años, afronta el primer verano de su vida con su nueva familia adoptiva tras la muerte de su madre. Lejos de su entorno cercano, en pleno campo, la niña deberá adaptarse a su nueva vida.
Director: Carla Simón.
Cast: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer, Fermí Reixach, Montse Sanz, Isabel Rocatti, Berta Pipó, Etna Campillo, Paula Blanco, Quimet Pla, Josep Torrent, Noemí Piñana, Ricard Catalina, Jordi Figueras.
Spain, 2017.
Language: Catalan.
Subtitles: Spanish.
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 Estiu 1993 / Verano 1993 / Summer 1993. 2017.
 Estiu 1993 / Verano 1993 / Summer 1993. 2017.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Naydi menya, Lyonya! 1972.

Найди меня, Лёня! / Naydi menya, Lyonya! 1972.
 "Naydi menya, Lyonya!" Soviet film, staged at the Lenfilm studio in 1971 by director Nikolai Lebedev based on the theme of Valentin Oseeva’s "Dinka". The first screen version of the work.
The film premiered in the USSR on October 30, 1972.
Russia beginning of XX century. A teenager, Lyonka, who escaped a greedy and cruel merchant who was walking along the Volga barge, meets a girl named Dina, whose family is associated with "political" revolutionaries who spread the proclamation among the workers and becomes an active participant in this activity. Friendship with Dinka helps him not to fail his comrades, to get rid of the fat and find his way in life.
Director: Nikolay Lebedev.
Cast: Anna Aleksakhina, Larisa Baranova, Viktor Chekmaryov, Aleksandr Demyanenko, Sergey Dvoretskiy, Igor Efimov, Nina Veselovskaya, Andrei Trofimov.
USSR, Lenfilm Studio, 1971.
Language: Russian.
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Найди меня, Лёня! / Naydi menya, Lyonya! 1972.
Naydi menya, Lyonya! 1972.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Mirakel / Miracle. 2000.

Mirakel / Miracle. 2000.
 DK. En børnefilmklassiker af Natasha Arthy. Dennis P. er 12 år og bor på Vesterbro med sin mor, der er utroligt irriterende og ofte har migræne. De savner begge to faren, der er død. Dennis er forelsket i Karen-Lise. Men det er hans ven Mick også.Dennis oplever hændelser af religiøst tilsnit. En rock’n’roll-engel stiger ned fra himlen og giver ham evnen til at lave mirakler, men hvordan skal man forvalte sine magiske evner? ´Mirakel´ anbefales fra 9 år.
EN. Ttwelve-year-old boy Dennis P lives in Copenhagen with his mother. Since the death of his father, his mother has been both depressed and overprotective. At school he struggles to cope with a mean and obsessive teacher, and the girl he likes seems to be more interested in his best friend than him. One day he walks into a church and, expecting little effect, exclaims his wishes of better luck at home and at school. Miraculously, an angel who looks a lot like Dennis' father appears and presents him the gift of a pair of angel wings. From then on, Dennis can literally get anything he points at, changing the behaviour of other people as he sees fit. It's the experience of a lifetime, but can it last?
Director: Natasha Arthy.
Cast: Stefan Pagels Andersen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Peter Frödin, Thomas Bo Larsen, Sebastian Jessen, Stephania Potalivo, Andreas Andersen, Regitze Stenderup.
Denmark, 2000.
Language: Danish, Russian.
Subtitles: English.
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Mirakel / Miracle. 2000.
Mirakel / Miracle. 2000.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Paperhouse. 1988.

Paperhouse. 1988.
Paperhouse is a 1988 British dark fantasy film directed by Bernard Rose. It was based on the novel Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr. The film stars Ben Cross, Glenne Headly and Gemma Jones. The original novel was the basis of a six-episode British TV series for children in the early 1970s which was titled Escape Into Night.
While suffering from glandular fever, 11-year-old Anna Madden draws a house. When she falls asleep, she has disturbing dreams in which she finds herself inside the house she has drawn. After she draws a face at the window, in her next dream she finds a disabled boy named Marc living in the house. She learns from her doctor that Marc is a real person.
Anna sketches her father into the drawing so that he can help carry Marc away, but she inadvertently gives him an angry expression which she then crosses out, and the father (who has been away a lot and has a drinking problem, putting a strain on his marriage) appears in the dream as a furious, blinded ogre. Anna and Marc defeat the monster and shortly afterward Anna recovers, although the doctor reveals that Marc's condition is deteriorating.
Anna's father returns home and both parents seem determined to get over their marital difficulties. The family goes on holiday by the sea, where Anna finds an epilogue to her dream.
Director: Bernard Rose.
Cast: Charlotte Burke, Jane Bertish, Samantha Cahill, Glenne Headly, Sarah Newbold, Gary Bleasdale, Elliott Spiers, Gemma Jones, Steven O'Donnell, Ben Cross.
UK, 1988.
Language: English, Russian.
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Paperhouse. 1988.
Paperhouse. 1988.

Linksmos istorijos / Merry Tales. 1973.

Linksmos istorijos / Merry Tales. 1973.
 LT. „Linksmos istorijos“ – 1973 m. TSRS Centrinės televizijos užsakymu Lietuvos kino studijoje sukurtas trijų kino novelių rinkinys pagal rusų rašytojo Nikolajaus Nosovo apsakymus. Filmo trukmė – 79 min. Tai buvo pirmasis lietuviškas filmas, kurį užsakė Centrinė televizija.
Rusiškų apsakymų veikėjams suteikti lietuviški vardai, o veiksmas pritaikytas Lietuvai. Filmas pasakoja apie 1970 m. pradžios mokinių gyvenimą. Kino noveles jungia vaikai, renkantys metalo laužą. Novelė „Nenuorama“ – apie mergaitę, kuri pabėgo iš namų ir padeda rinkti metalo laužą moksleiviškam garlaiviui statyti. „Melagėlis“ – apie berniuką, kuris neruošia pamokų, važinėja dviračiu, o tėvams ir mokytojams meluoja, kad renka metalo laužą. „Telefonas“ – apie du berniukus, kurie už surinktą metalo laužą dovanų gauna telefoną ir jį išardo, norėdami sužinoti, kaip jis padarytas.
Directors: Algimantas Kundelis, Gytis Luksas, Stasys Motiejunas.
Cast: Daiva Daujotyte, Aleksejus Denisovas, Arturas Pravylonia, Sergejus Michailovas, Grazina Balandyte, Jonas Pakulis, Eugenija Pleskyte, Steponas Kosmauskas, Gediminas Girdvainis.
USSR, Lietuvos Kinostudija, 1973.
Language: Russian.
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Linksmos istorijos / Merry Tales. 1973.
Linksmos istorijos / Merry Tales. 1973.

Dobro pozhalovat, ili Postoronnim vkhod vospreshchen / Welcome, or No Trespassing. 1964.

Dobro pozhalovat, ili Postoronnim vkhod vospreshchen / Welcome, or No Trespassing. 1964.
Welcome, or No Trespassing (Russian: Добро пожаловать, или Посторонним вход воспрещён, translit. Dobro pozhalovat, ili Postoronnim vkhod vospreshchyon) is a Soviet movie by Elem Klimov made in 1964. It is a satirical comedy about the excessive restrictions that children face during their vacation in a Young Pioneer camp, imposed by their masters. Most of the actors are children, while the protagonist is the director Dynin, played by Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev. The film was selected to be screened in the Cannes Classics section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
In a Soviet Young Pioneer camp, Dynin, the administrator is afraid that the children may succumb to harmful accidents and that he will be deemed responsible. He believes that accidents happen when formal rules are violated. Hence, he believes, everything must be done strictly according to formal instructions and regulations. One boy, Kostya Inochkin, (Viktor Kosykh) breaks one of the cardinal rules by swimming out alone to an island instead of swimming in the specially designated swimming area, supervised by staff. As a result, Inochkin is expelled from camp and is sent home. Inochkin is afraid that if his grandmother, with whom he lives, discovers that he has been expelled, she will die from sorrow, so instead of going home he returns to camp illegally. He hides but is discovered by some of the other children, who start helping him to stay, outsmarting the adults. Adults are added to the plot later and also oppose Dynin's strict regime. Finally Dynin is removed from office and expelled to the town. The film's final scenes show the joy of freedom without Dynin's restrictions, kids and adults swim and even unrealistically jump over the river (although this is presumably a fantasy). The film also makes jokes about a quip popular in Nikita Khrushchev's time - "corn - queen of fields".
Director: Elem Klimov.
Cast: Evgeniy Evstigneev, Arina Aleynikova, Ilya Rutberg, Lidiya Smirnova, Aleksei Smirnov, Viktor Kosykh, Yuri Bondarenko, Lidiya Volkova, Boris Demb, Sergei Kokoryov, Aleksandr Mashovets.
USSR, Mosfilm, 1964.
Language: Russian.
Subtitles: English, Russian.
992x720 HD
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Dobro pozhalovat, ili Postoronnim vkhod vospreshchen / Welcome, or No Trespassing. 1964.
Dobro pozhalovat, ili Postoronnim vkhod vospreshchen / Welcome, or No Trespassing. 1964.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Bratya Komarovy. 1961.

Bratya Komarovy. 1961.
Bratya Komarovy (Komarov Brothers) - a Soviet feature film based on the stories of Yuriy Nagibin "Komarov", "Old Turtle" and "Raging Bull", filmed in 1961 at the film studio "Lenfilm".
Komarov three brothers — a four-year-old kindergarten child, an eight-year-old Vasya, and an eleven-year-old Petya — leave for a whole summer to rest in different places. How many long warm days ahead, filled to the brim with all sorts of - and joyful, and sad - events and wonderful discoveries ... They will have to discover the poetic world of nature full of wonders and surprises, and the world of human relationships.
Director: Anatoli Vekhotko.
Cast: Vladimir Mareyev, Boris Barkhatov, Sergey Rozhnovskiy, Marina Ordanskaya, Inna Makarova, Viktor Khokhryakov, Vera Titova, Ignat Leyrer.
USSR, Lenfilm Studio, 1961.
Language: Russian.
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Bratya Komarovy. 1961.
Bratya Komarovy. 1961.

Kaplya v more / Waterdrop in the Sea. 1973.

Kaplya v more / Waterdrop in the Sea. 1973.
 Good old Soviet film, lyrical comedy, the story of the first-grader with a pot on his head to the music from the casket "turu tutu tu turu tu turu tutu". Then Vitya met the girl, and realized that it was his destiny. Then he saved his grandmother, helped arrange the theater, learned about our Earth.
Director: Yakov Segel.
Cast: Arina Aleynikova, Zoya Fedorova, Liliana Aleshnikova, Gennadiy Yalovich, Valentina Telegina, Vladimir Ferapontov, Nikolay Gorlov.
USSR, Kinostudiya imeni M. Gorkogo, 1973.
Language: Russian.
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Kaplya v more / Waterdrop in the Sea. 1973.
Kaplya v more / Waterdrop in the Sea. 1973.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Land of the Little People / Medinat Hagamadim. 2016.

Land of the Little People / Medinat Hagamadim. 2016.
 Another war has started in Israel. Most men are drafted quickly in service of their country. While all the grownups are busy being worried, four kids play at an old army base, now empty and unused. One day, the kids find two army deserters hiding in their secret playground. Being the sons and a daughter of military officers, the children know only one way to regain their territory – with ruthlessness. The soldiers make a dire mistake and hold their ground. Soon enough, the fight begins. The two soldiers, who sought refuge from the military fighting, find themselves in another war, which turns to be very dangerous and bloody.
Land of the Little People is an ambitious project by Palestinian film producer Tony Copti and Israeli director Yaniv Berman. Political and uncompromising in its social statement, the story touches at the very core of the Israeli inner conflict. Children growing up in a militaristic society with an everlasting war raging in the background know they have to toughen themselves in order to be prepared for when they are called to serve. Now these children are covered with two soldiers’ blood as their own private war rages in the woods while a “real” war rages in the outside world.
Awards:
Best Feature Film – Boise Film Festival (September 2017).
Best Film and Best Director – Phoenix Film Festival (April 2017).
Best Director (Silver Prometheus) – Tbilisi International Film Festival (November 2016).
4 Nominations – Sanghai International Film Festival (June 2016).
Director: Yaniv Berman.
Cast: Maor Schwitzer, Ofer Hayoun, Nadav David, Nimrod Hochenberg, Meital Paran, Keren Kats, Michael Galansky, Alexandra Mataron, Lauren Lomayer.
Israel, Palestine, 2016.
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English.
1920x1080 HD
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Land of the Little People / Medinat Hagamadim. 2016.
Land of the Little People / Medinat Hagamadim. 2016.

Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. 2017.

Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. 2017.
 ES. Ocho años después de un cataclismo, la raza humana, de la que sólo ha sobrevivido una de cada diez personas, ha perdido todas sus estructuras sociales. Nuevo proyecto de Iván Noel, parcialmente inspirado en "El señor de las moscas".
EN. What really happens after war or disease eventually wipes out most of humanity? Leaving aside fables of mass zombie invasion, or vigilante groups magically armed with assault weapons: how would humans actually re-group? How would they act when attempting to survive? How indeed would human morality and modern taboos fare in this probable scenario? This daring film will attempt to answer this as realistically as possible, making films like 'Lord of the Flies' look like a family camping trip.
Eight years after a cataclysm and disease ravaged the human race - leaving just one in every ten surviving -, all social structures have crumbled like sand castles. Too few still live for anything to have been reconstructed. All remaining animals have been consumed and no sowing has yet been possible. It is Man at his most basic, destitute level.
Two groups  inhabit the desolate and abandoned land: packs of orphaned children in a feral state, living a nomadic life-style for their safety, and adults (with their offspring), barely surviving any better by living off their meat.
It is a war only the most desperate of the two will win.
Director: Iván Noel.
Cast: ...
Argentina, 2017.
Language: Spanish.
Subtitles: English.
Directors cut, 98 min.
Video 960x540
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Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. 2017.
Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. 2017.
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Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. Behind The Scenes.
 Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. Behind The Scenes.
A documentary "Behind The Scenes" about the shooting of the new film by Iván Noel "Nine Meals From Chaos". A lot of beautiful natural filming, the director's communication with the actors and the team.
Also there is the teaser for the film.
Language: English.
64 min.
1280x720 HD
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Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. Behind The Scenes.
Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. Behind The Scenes.
Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. Behind The Scenes.
Nueve Comidas Lejos Del Caos / Nine Meals From Chaos. Behind The Scenes.

Poil de Carotte / The Red Head. 1932, 1925.

Рыжик / Poil de Carotte / The Red Head. 1932,
 The story itself is simple: a young boy is the odd one out. His parents are much older; his mother unmercifully picks on him, favoring his near-adult siblings, while his long-suffering father has withdrawn into the small pleasures of hunting and meeting with friends. Really, it's a sort of Cinderella: the wicked step-mother (only it's his real mother), the vain pampered older siblings, his having to work and slave for them, wearing tattered hand-me-downs. But it's told with a wonderful leisurely anecdotal naturalism, laced with delightful moments of surrealism (he's surrounded by double-exposure goblins when told to close up the hen house at night, for example). The greatest scene in the film combines the two, as the boy and a young girl "rehearse" a marriage ceremony, marching through the fields while the animals about them burst into song. The father, as delineated by Baur, and the maid, also immeasurably enriched by a subtle performance, are marvelous characters. The film was made during that brief period when the French countryside was a pre-technological world, yet technology was sufficiently advanced so that sound films could document that existence. Certainly there are "literary" story telling elements, such as the family being "introduced" by the father, the older maid telling the new maid what to expect, and the boy's school essay about his miserable family life. But the wonderful thing about the film is its ineffable technique and its enigmatic moments that are the purest styleless cinema. There are many visual joys, like the shot of boys playing leap-frog with the town spread out below them, that are presented with simplicity and unostentatious naturalism. All told, this is a film of the highest cinematic art, approaching the level of Renoir and Ozu. Adapted from various stories by Jules Renard, Poil de Carotte (The Red Head) is the poetically related tale of a delicate domestic situation. Robert Lynen plays the young son of Catherine Fourtenay. Fourtenay's husband Harry Baur knows that Lynen is not his son, but remains married for appearances' sake. Baur remains aloof and distant until he discovers the cruelties heaped upon Lynen by his resentful mother. Foster father and son develop a respect and friendship for one another that finally deepens into love. A remake of a 1925 film of the same name (also directed by Julien Duvivier), Poil de Carotte which made a star out of its juvenile lead Robert Lynen, whose genuine red head needed no touching up by the makeup men; sadly, Lynen was killed while fighting with the Resistance during World War II.
Uncut version.
Director: Julien Duvivier.
Cast: Harry Baur, Robert Lynen, Louis Gauthier, Simone Aubry, Maxime Fromiot, Colette Segall, Catherine Fonteney, Christiane Dor, Marthe Marty.
France, 1932.
Language: French.
 Subtitles: English, Russian.
Рыжик / Poil de Carotte / The Red Head. 1932,
 Poil de Carotte / The Red Head. 1932,