A very endearing coming of age story, beautifully showcasing the triumphs and pitfalls of those early teenage years, even if it’s sometimes executed n a rather predictable fashion. From the lack of culinary experience, as documented in the opening scenes, to highlighting the awkwardness of teenage social interaction, Michael Tully – both the writer and director – takes the audience through the various experiences of the average awkward teenager.
Drowned amongst July’s justified Inside Out adulation, Tomm ‘The Secret of Kells” Moore’s enchanting fable is arguably the superior film. Animated as though you’re viewing the art form for the first time, with stunning 2-D cardboard theatre effects that reflect both the intimacy of the story being told, and the majesty of a folklore which takes in sights such as heartbroken giants turned to stone.
When shy teenager Miloš (Neckár) gets his first job, as a railway dispatcher in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, work is the least of the challenges. He is bullied by the station master and pressured by an older colleague, who definitely has ‘the knack’, to lose his virginity.
Only one person escapes an American land grab and massacre of Mexican campesinos – a nameless young boy. He grows up frail but blue-eyed and able to shoot from the hip. His foster parents’ faith means he mumbles prayers over dead bodies, so he earns the catchy moniker Requiescant (Castel).
The chances are you haven’t seen a 3D sex film before. But before you rush to see controversial director Gaspar Noé’s new film, please remember that he is a master at making ecstasy feel like delirial depression.