5 thoughts on “The Bus Stop (2015)…

  1. feinmann0

    A couple of on-topic films you might like Steve; I don’t know whether OLF has covered them yet. I have singled out an IMDB review comment for each:

    Un Enfant Dans La Foule 1976 (youtube.com/watch?v=RNpy-8PpWc0)

    The story is only partly autobiographical according to the director, but it seems to have been true in all its important elements, as at least the following applies to both Gérard Blain and his creation Paul: a lonely boy, whose father had abandoned the family years before, and who gets on badly with his mother and only sibling (an elder sister), leaves school prematurely and finds himself, aged thirteen and a half in the summer of 1944, half-living on the streets of Paris; good-looking, he is soon embroiled in a series of short affairs with adults of both sexes until he receives an offer to be in a film. This is surely enough true story to explain the film’s extraordinary emotional authenticity.

    The historical setting of the liberation of Paris provides a fortuitously excellent dramatic background to what one might expect from the foregoing to be a steamily sensational story, but is instead something much greater: a heart-wrenching story of an eminently lovable boy’s unsuccessful quest for love, told with unfailing tenderness and honesty.

    I know of no other film which depicts nearly so well the emotional longings of the pubescent boy who for one reason or another is not getting the love he needs. Naturally satisfying his new sexual longings will become wrapped up in his quest for love, and it is only sound good sense that, allowed the freedom afforded to Paul by an uninterested family and the chaos of war, he will seek for love the way Paul does. Honest portrayal of this has become virtually impossible since the film was made due to the new hysteria surrounding pubescent sex. This doubtless explains why it is not receiving the acclaim it deserves, even though Blain leaves the sex underpinning some of Paul’s emotional involvements to be inferred. Important truths are daringly exposed that are generally forgotten or misunderstood. The pubescent boy’s new capacity for bonding with adults through sexual intimacy has historically often been his most natural and powerful means of survival until he can compete as an adult, and why disdain such a weapon? That the film is entirely non-judgmental about all involved in this is another indication of its obstinate honesty in the face of popular prejudice.

    An associated modern fiction the film refuses to indulge is that a boy like Paul and his various male special friends must be gay. Sexual orientation is simply not an issue in the film just as it generally has not been for boys of thirteen who have not been indoctrinated otherwise (as all are today). Like most men attracted to adolescent boys in the not-so-very-old days before this form of love was singled out for savage suppression, the men attracted to Paul are, excepting a presumably still unmarried young man, shown to be genuinely devoted to their wives and children, whose photos they show him without sense of conflict, and not therefore gay either.

    The story is tragic because Paul’s quest for love is so relentlessly and undeservedly unsuccessful. Cursed with a brutally unfeeling mother who is the only real villain in the story, some of the most affecting scenes concern his touching and vain attempts to win her affection. The vicissitudes of war see off his German and American soldier lovers. An affectionate married teacher ends their liaison by frankly admitting circumstances don’t allow him to give him the love he needs. The pathos of all this is greatly increased by Paul’s tender disposition. Never does he react with anything but understanding to repeated rejection, nor does bitter experience diminish his own tenderness, most hauntingly captured when he alone does not join the baying crowd taunting a woman stripped naked and shaven-headed for having slept with a German, but instead gently puts his hand on her shoulder in a sign of compassion, surely one of cinema’s greatest moments.

    Μικρές Αφροδίτες 1963 (youtube.com/watch?v=X9212scMQdM)

    (1) I wail and gnash teeth in worry that my two VHS copies of this outstanding film will further degrade before the Lords of Film Preservation and Distribution pull this one from the oh so undeserved bin of neglect. Yes, another coming of age story. Yes, another love triangle. And yes, another oh so splendid example of what film can do! Lucent imagery, commanding black and white, classic movement, a story both exotic, ancient, and utterly timeless – integrally conveyed by images, images, images! A film to make you wish to be on some isolated Greek island, sitting mesmerized by the profound sea, and pondering the endless repetition of man’s desire. Or rather, grateful to live in an age of film. A prayer to Mercury to speed this wonderful film to Criterion!

    (2) Not many people may have seen this film. It’s probably almost impossible to get hold of these days. A great pity. I saw it twice in the seventies. Ever since the first viewing it has been in my personal top five. It’s a story told in images, full of wonderful symbolism, beautifully photographed in black and white. It plays in a long ago Greece, in a village by the sea. The men are out fishing, the women are waiting for their return, and from the mountains a group of shepherds come down with their flocks. Thus the land meets the see, earth and water, male and female, birds and stones, a stork and a fish, birds captured in fishing nets etc. etc. This archetypical encounter is played out by the young (who remembers the intriguing poster of the prepubescent girl with the fishing net draped over her shoulder?) and the mature. I remember, when the film ended, I did not want it to end. I was feeling melancholic and a little sad that you could not be there as well. This film is like a dream you would wish you could dream every night.

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    1. eqfoundation Post author

      These sound wonderful…I’ll check them out…

      …I’ve found a few gold mines, of these sorts of child/teen movies, over the last few months…There’s probably more there, than I will ever get around to posting…I hope they keep uploading more.

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  2. feinmann0

    A few more child/teen movie titles for you:

    Hjartasteinn (2016) IS
    Du er Ikke Alene (1978) DK
    The Genesis Children (1972) US
    A Wrinkle in Time (2018) US
    Voor een Verloren Soldaat (1992) NL
    I’ll Remember April (2000) US
    Pelle Erobreren (1988) DK/SE
    Wonder (2017) US
    A Quiet Place (2018) US
    Finding Neverland (2004) US
    It (2017) US
    L.I.E. (2000) US
    Weird Science (1985) US
    Двенадцатое лето (2008) RU
    Låt den Rätte Komma in (2008) SE
    The Little Rascals (1994) US
    Free Willy (1993) US
    Schizo (2004) HU
    Kindergarten (1989) AR
    J’ai Voulu Rire Comme les Autres (1979) FR
    Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) UK
    The Lost Son (1999) UK
    Kolja (1996) CZ
    Kes (1969) UK
    Nine Meals From Chaos (2018) AR
    The Rainbow Tribe (2008) US
    CrissCross (1992) US
    Child Eater (2016) IS
    The Forest (2016) US
    Barnens ö (1980) SE
    Magnificent 7 (2005) UK
    Hugo och Josefin (1967) SE
    The Boys of St. Vincent (1992) CN
    Smiley Gets a Gun (1958) AU
    Camp Cool Kids (2017) US
    Dear Frankie (2004) UK
    DIVE!! (2008) JP
    Tom & Thomas (2002) NL/UK
    Room (2015) CN/IE/UK/US
    The Strange Ones (2017) US
    Better Watch Out (2016) US
    Legends of the Hidden Temple (2016) US
    Amor Estranho Amor (1982) BR
    Les Amitiés Particulières (1964) FR
    The Cure (1995) US
    Pecado Horizontal (1982) BR
    Tobi (1978) ES
    The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010) CN/US
    Kapgang (2014) DK
    That’s What I Am (2011) US
    Boy (2010) NZ
    Before I Wake (2016) US
    War of the Buttons (1994) UK/FR/JP/US
    Léolo (1992) CN/FR
    Il Sapore del Grano (1986) IT
    Welp (2014) BE
    Suburbicon (2017) US
    14+ (2015) RU
    Rivals (1972) US
    Brecha (2009) ES
    De Witte (1980) BE
    Dennis the Menace (1993) US
    Song for a Raggy Boy (2003) IE/UK/DK/ES
    Ciske de Rat (1984) NL
    Moonrise Kingdom (2012) US
    My Life So Far (1999) UK/US
    Goodnight, Mister Tom (1999) UK
    Children Underground (2001) US
    Harnessing Peacocks (1992) UK
    Betoniyö (2013) FI/SE/DK
    I Know My First Name is Steven (1989) US
    Lucas (1986) US
    La Vie est un Long Fleuve Tranquille (1988) FR
    Little Boy (2015) MX/US
    Jonny Kommt (1988) DE
    This Boy’s Life (1993) US
    I Declare War (2012) CN
    Stand by Me (1986) US
    Flipped (2010) US
    La Vénus à Lulu (1991) FR
    The Confirmation (2016) CN
    Boyhood (2014) US
    The Boy (2015)
    Midnight Special (2016) US/GR
    Small Windows (1972) US
    Maskarada (1971) YU
    The Book of Henry (2017) US
    Esteros (2016) AR
    Une Histoire Sans Importance (1980) FR
    Twee Vorstinnen en Een Vorst (1981) NL
    Chechu y Familia (1992) ES
    Hugo (2011) US
    Little Manhattan (2005) US
    Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981) BR
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) UK/US
    The Good Son (1993) US
    Gribiche (1926) FR
    Jasper Jones (2017) AU
    The Silence (1963) SE
    Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005) PH
    The Fool Killer (1965) MX/US
    Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen (2002) DE
    Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen (2017) DE
    Das Sommerhaus (2014) DE
    North Sea Texas (2011) BE
    Somewhere Near Conakry (1992) FR
    Lady in White (1988) US
    Sojky v Hlave (1984) CZ
    The Mosquito Coast (1986) US
    The Reivers (1969) US
    A Monster Calls (2016) UK/US/ES
    Otec (1982) CZ
    Empire of the Sun (1987) US
    The Window (1949) US
    Ender’s Game (2013) US
    Peter Pan (2003) UK/AU/US
    Peter and Wendy (2015) UK
    The Scamp (1957) UK
    Les Démons (2015) CN
    L’argent de Poche (1976) FR
    Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer (1973) DE
    Robby (1968) US
    Die Kinder vom Friedrichshof (2009) DE
    Vito e gli Altri (1991) IT
    Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei (1971) JP
    Germania Anno Zero (1948) DE/FR/IT
    Ivanovo Detstvo (1962) RU
    Jet Boy (2001) CN/US
    Tschick (2016) DE
    Mees Kees (2012) NL
    Ellos Volvieron (2015) AR
    Vuelve (2013) AR
    Crin blanc: Le Cheval Sauvage (1953) FR
    Billy Elliot (2000) UK/FR
    Guter Junge (2008) DE
    Diabólica malicia (1972) UK/IT/ES/DE
    Junges Licht (2016) DE

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