“Summer Of 84” by Anouk Whissell et al. (2018)


summer of 84

Classic thriller intended for the same audience as The Darkest Minds, but with better personages, dialogues, and (hormonal) humor, even if predictable and amateurish at times / Unfortunately, the good dialogues and humor disappear after 60 minutes, leaving us with a weak and boring scenario. So, just make the best out of it and enjoy the first 60 minutes 🙂

Cast: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, Rich Sommer, Jason Gray-Stanford, Patrick Lubczyk
Director: Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, François Simard
Writer: Matt Leslie, Stephen J. Smith
Cinematographer: Jean-Philippe Bernier
Editor: Austin Andrews
Composer: Jean-Philippe Bernier, Jean-Nicolas Leupi, Le Matos


“The Darkest Minds” by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (2018)

the darkest minds

What a waste!

Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Patrick Gibson, Skylan Brooks, Mandy Moore
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Based on the novel by Alexandra Bracken
Writer: Chad Hodge
Cinematographer: Kramer Morgenthau
Editor: Maryann Brandon, Dean Zimmerman
Composer: Benjamin Wallfisch

“Jasper Jones” by Rachel Perkins (Australia, 2017)


Jasper Jones

Interesting representation of teenagers rejecting the crooked ways of the significant adults around them.
NOTICED (SPOILER): One mother betrays her husband. Another one destroys evidence to protect hers. In the end, it leaves two children betrayed by their mothers.
The musical score is too omnipresent. 

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Angourie Rice
Director: Rachel Perkins
Writers: Shaun Grant, Craig Silvey (story)
Music by Antony Partos
Cinematography by Mark Wareham
Film Editing by Veronika Jenet

“Flocking” by Beata Gardeler (Sweden, 2015)


A whole community turns against a 14 year-old girl who accuses a boy of raping her.
Powerful, almost unbearable

Actors:  Fatime Azemi, John Risto, Eva Melander
Director: Beata Gårdeler
Writers: Emma Broström (screenplay), Geir Hansteen Jorgensen (dramaturge)
Music by Lisa Holmqvist
Cinematography by Gösta Reiland
Film Editing by Linda Jildmalm

“A Girl Like Her” by Amy Weber (USA, 2015)

A Girl Like Her by Amy Weber (2015)

Extremely and often unbearably realism! The director and her crew play an active part in the movie, giving it a documentary touch that strengthens its impact.

Actors: Lexi Ainsworth, Hunter King, Jimmy Bennett
Director: Amy S. Weber
Writer: Amy S. Weber
Music by David Bateman
Cinematography by Samuel Brownfield
Film Editing by Todd Zelin