1984, it’s a magical time for Boy, a Maori growing up in the New Zealand. Despite being absent most of Boy’s life, he believes his dad is doing heroic things. When his dad returns, Boy must reconcile the imagined dad with the misfit father he actually has.
The story is sprawling and chaotic. There are revenue collectors, health inspectors, greedy developers, internet sex, 2 Alarm Fires, dodgy medical techniques, and even an orgy. In many ways it resembles a farcical American Hollywood movie like The Hangover.
Melody is having a bad day. She’s got inoperable throat cancer, been fired, and when she turns to her boyfriend, he dumps her before she gets to tell him. Just as she loses all hope, she leaves her mundane existence behind. It takes the news of her impending death for her to start truly living.
A young couple, Negar and Ashkani are indie rockers trying to make it in the music world. It’s a struggle anywhere but it’s especially challenging for them, they live in repressive Tehran.
It’s a frog-eat-frog world according to Manda Bala. Although never explicitly stated, the film essentially argues that when the middle class disappears, the rich and the poor end up feeding on each other, like the cannibalistic frogs that gives the movie its central metaphor.
Dom and Fiona are quirky teaching couple in a rural coastal town in France. They have a strong love of latin dance. When they’re involved in a car accident the couple finds adversity even though their lives are forever changed.