Over the past six months, as many as three films have been released in the cinema about the difficult relationship between children in difficulty and their parents. We talk about "Handsome Boy", "Erased Personality" and "Bring Ben Back" and remember six more important tapes that study this phenomenon.
Beautiful Boy, 2018
Producer: Felix van Gruningen
One of the most cherished films of the past year tells the story of the relationship between a son (Timothy Chalamet) going to college with his dad (Steve Carell) and his new family, as the main character goes through breakdowns, treatment cycles, fights with loved ones and the main trials of teenage life. … Without slipping into drug phobia, but also without embellishing the circumstances, the story of "Handsome Boy" provides a new look at family dynamics in a similar situation. Two hours of torment of the two main characters, who are trying to defeat addiction with common forces.
Boy Erased, 2018
Producer: Joel Edgerton
The real story of Garrard Conley, son of a Baptist minister. Living in the American outback, while still a teenager, he realizes his homosexuality and, at the age of nineteen, is gaining the spirit to come out in front of his parents. In response, he receives an ultimatum: either to undergo "corrective therapy", or to leave the family for good. A poignant story of a young man's struggle for the right to be himself.
Ben Is Back, 2018
Producer: Peter Hedges
And again Lucas Hedges - this time as a teenager with drug addiction who left the rehab to celebrate Christmas with his family. His unexpected visit catches everyone by surprise - first of all, his mother (Julia Roberts), who puts on a forced smile, but when his son turns away, runs to check the house for usable medications and hides all of her jewelry. An intimate and incredibly intense drama about a troubled family struggling with a destructive addiction.
Mysterious Skin, 2004
Producer: Gregg Araki
When Brian Lacey (Brady Corbett) was eight years old, something happened to him that made him forget five hours of his life. Now he is eighteen, he lives in a small stuffy town, and he constantly has nightmares - he believes that on that mysterious day as a child, he was abducted by aliens. Local boy Neil McCormick (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), on the contrary, is confident in himself and in his sexuality - the same ten years ago, in his own words, he "knew the love" of his baseball coach, and in search of new love goes to New York. Life confronts Brian and Neal, who helps a new friend discover the dark secrets of his past. The cult film by Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Scott Heim.
Producer: Catherine Hardwicke
Tracy has always been a model clever with A in her diary until she met Evie, the most popular girl in school. She shows her a different way to spend time - it includes drugs and sex - and as Tracy breaks herself, passions begin to rage in her life. The mother does not understand what is happening to her, she tries to protect her from everything bad - one of the scenes in which she kisses her daughter's scars is worth a lot. Full immersion in the world of 13-year-olds - some do not know about it at all, and those who do are glad that they will never find themselves in it again.
Something is wrong with Kevin
We Need to Talk About Kevin, 2010
Producer: Lynn Ramsey
Terrifying in its realism, Lynn Ramsey's drama about the unpredictable and at the same time explainable connection between children and parents. Mother Eva (Tilda Swinton) recalls the whole story of her relationship with a difficult son Kevin (Ezra Miller), who was not too desired a child and showed antisocial behavior from birth. After hundreds of unsuccessful attempts to make Kevin "normal", Eve faces irreversible consequences.
Producer: Jessica Scharzer
Not the most famous film starring Kristen Stewart is the directorial debut of Jessica Scharser's A Simple Request, in which she plays class outlaw Melinda Sordino. She is annoyed by her former friends and girlfriends, but she patiently endures all the attacks: after what happened to her at a party during the summer holidays, she decided not to say a word. Her mother is so busy with her problems that she does not pay attention to the changes in her own child, and the person who comes to Melinda's aid is unexpectedly a school teacher - he gives her the opportunity to express and "cure" herself with the help of art.
Lilja 4-ever, 2002
Producer: Lucas Moodysson
Based on true events, the poignant story of a 16-year-old girl Lily (Oksana Akinshina). Born in the Soviet Union and living in poverty all her life, she grabbed the first opportunity to escape from the country - she waited too long for an invitation from her mother, who left for America with a new boyfriend, leaving Lilya in the care of an unloved aunt. Left to herself, the girl spends time with suspicious people until she falls in love with Andrey, a kind, attractive guy who promises her a better life if she goes to Sweden with him. Fascinated by new opportunities, Lilya leaves home, but under sad circumstances she finds out that she will not have a better life in the new country.
Fish Tank, 2009
Producer: Andrea Arnold
Fifteen-year-old Mia is in the midst of a teenage crisis: she dreams of dancing professionally, but is forced to be content with living with a single mother in a poverty-stricken British outback. One day, mom brings in a new boyfriend - witty, handsome and erudite Connor (Michael Fassbender), who compares favorably with the primitive and rude neighborhood men and their sons. True, the illusion does not live long - and the young heroine gets rid of both her family and the false charm of a manipulator man.
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