Raw can be just as tasty as cooked, if not more so.
Generation 14plus offers three excellent samples: Off-White Lies (one of our personal favourites so far) from Israel, directed by Maya Kenig and featuring Elya Inbar as a teenage girl who comes to Israel from the States to be entrusted to the care of her beguiling, drifter-grifter father. The pair infiltrates a Tel Aviv family claiming hospitality for “refugees from the north”. “We’ll improvise,” says Dad, and they do, adding to the miasma of already-fraught relationships with new lies and deceptions, until things shake down and sort themselves out in a touching, unusual and thought-provoking picture of society under strain.
Punch is a more obvious, South Korean take on making do, with a great lead performance from a teenager whose sense of fun and responsibility (and interest in kickboxing) staves off the melodrama of broken families and adolescent isolation.
From Sweden, The Crown Jewels stars Alicia Vikander as the sister of a Down’s syndrome boy, whose latter-day fairytale community of clearly delineated haves and have-nots is sundered by the arrival of an ice hockey stick-twirling, may/ may-not-be-gay boy. A gem of a film directed by Ella Lemhagen and set in a lushly costumed 1940s-meets-grunge environment, it perfectly captures the big Ds of adolescence: danger, despair and desire.
L’âge atomique (Panorama), by Héléna Klotz (see interview, exberliner.com) is an expectedly quiet look at desperation in Parisian suburbs through which two young men make their way towards an affirmation of friendship, transcending the louder issues of violence and lust.