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Over a long, hot summer Paul and his friends become absorbed in a complex war game in the woods. Led by fierce tactician P.K and hot-headed Skinner, the teams focus on capturing each other’s flag whilst adhering to the strict rules of the game. Although their weapons are sticks and paint balloons the game feels tense and brutal from the opening scenes and children’s commitment to the fantasy means that their anger soon turns into real violence. The blend of coming-of-age themes and war film conventions raises interesting questions about the futility of combat and the brutality people inflict on one another.
In an attempt to instruct his students about the dangers of fascism and autocracy, a German high-school teacher stages a bold experiment.
14+ years 105 mins
Based on William Golding's famous novel about a group of boys stranded on a desert island who create their own brutal society.
14+ years 88 mins
A dark and touching coming-of-age tale about a group of four boys who are forced to face harsh reality when they find the body of a missing boy.
14+ years 85 mins
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