The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Directed by Tony Richardson Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay) grows more rebellious after his father passes away, and an eventual robbery lands him in a juvenile detention center that doubles as an all-boys boarding school.  There he demonstrates an unmatched athletic ability that excites the adults who run the school and offers him special privilege over … Continue reading The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Where Is My Friend’s House (1987)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami Where Is My Friend's House reminded me of several different children-centric European films: Truffaut's The 400 Blows (1959), Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief (1948) and another 1987 film, Louis Malle's Au Revoir Les Enfants. The story follows a young boy, Ahmed, as he doggedly searches a small town to return a notebook to … Continue reading Where Is My Friend’s House (1987)