An abused runaway changes the life of a homeless Gulf War vet.
An abused runaway changes the life of a homeless Gulf War vet.
High School senior Luke Harris (Justin Schwan) dreams of just one thing… pro surfing. With his best friend Casey (Angel Cruz) at his side, they have two goals: surf and party! But Luke’s Mom (Raquel Gardner) and especially Dad (Greg Carlson) have other ideas: pick a college and grow up! When Luke learns that a spot is opening up on the local surf team, he see’s his big chance to prove to his parents that he can make it as a surfer and avoid being shipped off to school. Only two things stand in Luke’s way: new-surfer-in-town Matt (Andy Shephard) who has his own eyes set on the surf team opening, and his Dad, who insists he give up his surfing dreams and get an education. When a devastating tragedy strikes, Luke is forced to take a hard look at his life and with the help of beautiful “church-girl” Emily (Kelsey Sanders) and his Youth Pastor (Danny Smith), he learns that there’s much more to life than riding waves.
The Niagara Motel and the attached Riverside Grill, located in Niagara Falls, are owned and operated by Serbian father and daughter, the always angry Boris and hard working Sophie. Through the motel and/or restaurant comes a series of disparate but equally struggling people: middle aged couple Henry and Lil, formerly middle class but who are trying to cope with the loss of employment and its associated money; young couple R.J. and Denise, who are trying to clean up (with varying degrees of success) so that they can reclaim their daughter from foster care; and the restaurant’s new waitress, young widowed French-Canadian Lori, who is escaping a complicated situation in her hometown and who is preyed upon by two locals, straight-laced Dave and less than straight-laced Michael. The person who sees everything that is going on is the motel’s caretaker Phillie, a Scot who stayed in Niagara Falls following a personal tragedy. To escape memory of that tragedy, Phillie is in a constant state of inebriation. Each person has to decide how far they will go to get what they want in life.
A former judo champion quits the tournament cirucit and runs a nightclub. However, when a new challenger appears as well as an old rival and a judo master in need of reviving his school, the young man must go back in training and prepare for the ultimate challenge.
Alejandro is a rich kid who is trying to scape of his own ghosts, in his journey arrives to a beach town where he knows a girl, who shows him other side of life, a simple and beautiful side. But even in paradise there are de demons.
Semi-retired university professor David Winters and his wife and former student Melanie Winters née Lansing live on a hobby farm in the Eastern Townships of Quebec with their adult son Benjamin Winters and Benjamin’s son, Timothy Winters. Their life is not totally harmonious due to David’s chronic infidelity and Melanie’s emotional instability, a result in large part of her growing up which she refuses to speak of to Benjamin, who knows nothing of his mother’s childhood directly from her. Melanie has been institutionalized many times in her life and is on medication to deal with her mental issues. Melanie’s passion in life is to follow many cases of political oppression in the world, this passion again due to her past life. In September 1985, Melanie, through this work, reconnects with Jakob Bronski who she knew during World War II when she was only a teenager when they were both interred at Drancy, a transit station outside of Paris where the government, in cooperation with the Nazis, housed Jews before they were sent to a concentration camp. An adult when they were interred, Jakob, a poet, has just been released from a Russian psychiatric hospital where he has lived for most of his life for killing a guard. Against David’s wishes, Melanie asks Jakob to come and stay with them for as long as he wants. Along with Jakob comes Christopher Lewis, who was also interred at Drancy when he was a teenager, his internment despite not being Jewish himself. The three formed a special bond during their stay at Drancy. Jakob and Christopher’s visit opens up a flood of emotions for Melanie about her past with the two people she considers the closest to blood relations and how it led to where she is today. But it also brings into light the Winters family dynamic as especially Benjamin learns more about his mother’s life.
In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of kamaboko, processed seafood products, in his poor Korean-Japanese community exploiting his employees. He makes fortune, abuses and destroys the lives of his wife and family, having many mistresses and children and showing no respect to anybody. Later he closes the factory, lending the money with high interests and becoming a loan shark. His hatred behavior remains until his last breath, alone in North Korea.
Bigga Than Ben is a crime-fuelled tale of two likeable but wayward Russian “pieces of Moscow scum” who arrive in London intent on bettering themselves and amassing an easy fortune. But it’s not long before Spiker (Andrei Chadov) and Cobakka (Ben Barnes) realise that, legally, they aren’t going to get very far. So, aided by the dodgy Artash (Ovidiu Matesan) and sidekick Spartak (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin), they learn to shoplift from supermarkets, rip off banks, joyride on the tube and turn mobile phones into crack. . Finding themselves drawn into a shadowy underworld of backstreet drug deals, chav nightclubs, refugees and nymphomaniacs, life begins to turn sour. The highs begin to fade. Spiker badly misses his girlfriend back in Moscow, and seeks consolation in drugs. When he slips into serious addiction and Artash double-crosses them, Cobakka finds himself forced into making some life-changing decisions
Vidya lives a middle-class lifestyle in a virtually lawless town called Amarpur, India, along with her widower and disabled dad, Shambhu; married brother, Shiva and his wife, Lata; and her paternal grandma. She studies in the Arts Commerce and Science college in Bombay, and is summoned home to get married to a man of her family’s choice, to which she reluctantly agrees. On the day of the marriage, a dancer performs an item which angers Mahadev, who is the Mukhiya of Mandaur, another lawless town, where the groom hails from. Friction breaks out, guns are drawn, people are killed, and Amarpur’s Mukhiya, Jawahar Pandit, decides to torch the harvest of Mandaur and flee. An angered Mahadev instructs Shiva to wipe the Sindoor from Vidya’s forehead, make her live the life of a widow, and not permit her to re-locate to her husband until he avenges this humiliation. Vidya is thus imprisoned in her home but shortly thereafter manages to convince her dad and Shiva to let her return to Bombay where she can continue to study and find a job. Shiva seeks Mahadev’s permission and as a result Vidya is permitted to leave Amarpur, leaving her family as virtual hostages just in case she decides to join her groom in Amarpur. During the train journey she has company of three males and two female students and finds that one male student is interested in her. After her arrival in Bombay, she meets with the young man again, an Engineering student in the same college, and is afraid he is stalking her, so she returns home to Amarpur. Watch what happens when this young man, whose name is Diwakar, a resident of Mandaur, follows her to Amarpur – setting off a chain of destructive events that will change and perhaps even shatter their’s as well as the lives of everyone in Amarpur and Mandaur.
Cale Bryant is determined to win a coveted spot on the Grand National motocross racing team. With the support of his loving mother, precocious little sister and new girlfriend, Cale proves against all odds that he has the heart, the willpower and the courage never to give up on his dream.
After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab.
Wanting a closer connection with his older brother, freshman Ted Wheeler seeks initiation into a group called “The Kings”. But, as the corruption of The Kings is revealed, Ted must expose the ugly truth about the brother he once idolized.
Set in the risque world of 1960’s Paris, Gigola is a witty and desirable young girl who explores the lesbian underworld of the city and soon becomes a high-priced escort.
The story of a dysfunctional couple, whose problems will inevitably deteriorate their marriage and their son’s life.
A romantic drama about a security officer who tries to hide her secrets from her lover, a cop.