Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn’t work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets with a shopkeeper, George Melies, who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.
Jude Keffy-Horn—named after a Beatles song by his hippie parents—spends his high school days in small-town Vermont getting high with his best friend Teddy. Beneath Jude’s mind-numbing activities lurks a desire to reconnect with his estranged father, Les, who abandoned the family when Jude was nine. When Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude’s mother sends him to live with Les in New York City’s roiling and raw East Village. As Jude struggles to establish an identity within the cultural upheaval downtown, he forms an unlikely surrogate family with Teddy’s straight-edge brother, and a troubled, rich uptown girl. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]
Young mathematics prodigy Nathan struggles with people but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan wins a place at the Mathematics Olympiad, he develops unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart, the beautiful Zhang Mei. Ultimately this is Nathan’s journey towards discovering the unfathomable experience of first love. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]
Based on the classic novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is the story of the Earth’s most gifted children training to defend their homeplanet in the space wars of the future.