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  • Actors: Mario Casas
  • Directors: Bretten Hannam, Caru Alves de Souza, James Cook, Carlos Montero, Grant Scicluna
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: German, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2013
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B8897C0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,845 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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YOUTH IN TROUBLE is the ninth edition to BOYS ON FILM, the world's most successful short film series. This compilation features a range of eclectic, innovative and genre-bending short films.

Within these eight award winning films, a friendship is tested in an ex-Nazi holiday camp, love and freedom wage war in an Australian boy's prison and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN exposes secrets in a French high school toilet.

Deep End Dir. Bretten Hannam (Canada) 11mins
When Dane's older brother comes out, Dane doesn't react very well. But soon after he has to choose between siding with his homophobic classmates or fighting to support his brother.

Family Affair Dir. Caru Alves de Souza (Brazil) 11mins
Rossi's family are no different from anyone else's but when he tries to fit in with his older brother's group of friends, he finds the outcome more than surprising.

Together Dir. James Cook (UK) 22mins
One month after moving in together David and Mark come home to find a key in the lock of their front door. They check the house and it all seems clear, until they slowly start to realise that they are not alone...

Easy Money Dir. Carlos Montero (Spain) 15mins
When a handsome rent boy shows up at a mysterious client's hotel room, the boy quickly learns that sex appears to be the last thing on his clients mind. Starring Spanish heartthrob Mario Casas.

The Wilding Dir. Grant Scicluna (Australia) 16mins IRIS PRIZE WINNER Best Short Film 2012
Juvenile inmate Malcolm is in love with his cellmate Tye, but their relationship is confined within their cell. When Malcolm is offered a shot at parole, he finds himself torn between his rare chance for freedom and protecting the one he loves.

Colonial Gods Dir. Dee Rees (UK) 29mins From the director of PARIAH
A complicated friendship between a Somali man and Nigerian man unfolds against the chaos of gentrification and displacement in the small immigrant community in Cardiff known as Tiger Bay.

It's Not A Cowboy Movie Dir. Benjamin Parent (France) 12mins
Last night, Brokeback Mountain aired on TV. Vincent watched it and found himself emotionally compelled by the story. Whilst chatting with a classmate in the school toilets, he takes advantage of the break to describe the film as only an adolescent can.

Prora Dir. Stéphane Riethauser (Switzerland/Germany) 23mins
In this deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex, teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that could change everything. Whilst exploring their surroundings they confront their identities and ultimately put their friendship at risk.

Extras
Making of Prora

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This is the first one of this series I have watched. I'm pleased that I took a chance on it, as the collection of short films offers poignancy, insight and one or two moments of humour. The acting is credible if not top notch. I particularly like those scenes which portray how mundane life can be. It could certainly be argued that the overall colour is rather dark ... it really isn't the film for you if you're looking for a fun time or acres of flesh ... but sometimes, maybe reflection on the gay experience is worthwhile. I'm guessing many of us will have experienced something depicted in at least one of the films. I recommend it.
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The ninth and latest short film compendium from Peccadillo is the usual mixture of the good the bad and the ugly. I was impressed with several of the shorts whilst others were forgettable. But then this will invariably be the case in such a presentation, so I'll focus on the former. The best acted is probably 'Easy Money' (Spanish) starring Spanish star Mario Casas as a male escort who is in for a BIG surprise with his latest client. 'Together' (UK) is a disturbing mystery with an element of suspense but not too believable. Why not call the police? The complex 'Colonial Gods (UK)' asks more questions than it answers but is a brave attempt at racial/social/sexual drama given from the ethnic point of view . The other films all have their merits and shortcomings but 'Prora' (Swiss/German) is the exception. A nice depiction of friends crossing the best mates/first lovers barrier. No one else is involved and the two boys give striking performances. That the drama is set in an abandoned former Nazi facility gives this an edge and makes you think a little harder although you can still enjoy it as a story. The ending is also heartwarming if a touch ambiguous. A making of short is also entertaining although not enlightening. This is worth buying for the aforementioned and there are more films with 'messages' than is usual in this series. But if it's simply entertainment that you're after, 'Boys on Film: Youth in Trouble' also fits the bill. In various languages with subtitles (where thought appropriate). I didn't notice the sountracks too much so I feel they were unobtrusive. Apart from the 'Prora' making of short, the usual trailers are added. Worth owning as the latest in this impressive series.
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I love peccapics and in particularly the boys on film series . Both me and my partner had to ration ourselves to watching over 2 nights as these shorts are so addictive . Personally I feel this series gets better and better ; there is less obvious cute comedy here and a lot more thought . Yes it is quite bleak but then I didn't want marshmallow bubble gum fluff , I wanted to be challenged and to think . . Dont watch Together and then go to sleep , I still dont want to see if the loft is open !Hard to say which was my fav . The extras showing how Prora is most informative as you really see the effort and care and love that goes into these shorts . My only regret ; now have to wait another year for the next collection.
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It is a pity that many of these short film regard being gay as a problem and not just as a fact of life you can agreeably live with. Watching these shorts gives you a rather warped view of being gay.
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Boys On Film 9 is subtitled Youth In Trouble, and viewers should be prepared for the darker tone of some of the films. Together is a sort of horror scenario, quite effective, but I kept taking the headphones off as I don't like scary films - I suppose this means the music is quite well devised, but it's not one I would watch again. Easy Money is also unappealing, save for the good looks of the main actor. But what a shame to waste him in such tacky material - about a rentboy who is asked to murder a client's wife - again with quite a threatening tone. Colonial Gods and Family Affair have more interesting aspects but fail to make any real impact.
Four of the eight shorts are worth at least four stars: the sexiest offering for me is The Wilding, although this again is quite violent, set in a youth detention centre where the very attractive main character endeavours to protect his cellmate from other gay desires less kind than his own. It is a real film, very well shot and with a poetry in the images of a kind you imagine Jean Genet would have liked.
Deep End is also good, about two brothers. It concerns their conflict over the older one coming out to his more masculine but less than fully grown brother, and doesn't outstay its welcome.
Prora is likely to have many fans, focusing on two older teens, one French and one German, staying on Ruegen Island, where there is a derelict Nazi-era housing development called Prora - it's so huge it's quite unnerving, and anyone who thinks they have a bit of peeling paintwork should see the ceilings on the stairs here.
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The characters in these films show you their entire interior world with their faces. Part of that is the talent of the actors, although there is something more than talent going on. It seems to have something to do with allure plus intelligence plus recognition.

I watched these films with an increasing feeling of belonging to the LGBTQ world. It is a series of short films but the vision is a long one, and covers a great deal of territory.

For some days after watching these films, you may be surprised to still "see" the characters' faces.
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