Boy on the Bridge

Cyprus (85 mins, dir. Petros Charalambous)
A darkly edged coming-of-age story filled with unexpected twists.

It’s summer in 1988 and 12-year-old Socrates is spending his days riding bikes around his tiny village in Cyprus and setting off makeshift firecrackers with his cousin and best friend, Marcos. But a dark shadow is being cast over their Mediterranean idyll by Marcos’s father, a menacing and increasingly violent man. Inspired by his war-hero grandfather, Socrates decides to take matters into his own hands and put his bomb-making skills to use. But when things don’t go to plan, Socrates is drawn into a web of intrigue and revenge that will change his life forever.

Based on British Cypriot author Eve Makis’ novel Land of the Golden Apple, Boy on the Bridge is the intriguing feature film debut from director Petros Charalambous. Stuffed with memorable characters and layer upon layer of moral ambiguity, it’s a complex reflection on the power and purpose of violence that will leave you debating long after the credits roll.

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Language: Greek, w/English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Classroom discussion points: Social culpability and individual responsibility; learning from the past; do the ends ever justify the means; the importance of taking the moral high-ground; the difference between justice and revenge
Age suitability advice: Contains themes concerning domestic violence and criminality. Some scenes with non-explicit violence (mostly implied and offscreen). One scene containing high-impact coarse language
Unclassified: restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult. MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 14+

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