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European movie about vikings (?)

Looking for a kid adventure/fantasy movie, probably European, from the 80s-90s (not later). There was a red-haired boy called Peter, who discovers a magic tree, goes through it to some magic world and meets the vikings (or fighters of some sort). He keeps coming there, and these journeys are kept in secret from his parents. I think only his girlfriend knew about it. Later in the movie a mayor wants to cut the tree, and Peter convinces the vikings to appear in the city so that everyone would know that the tree has magic powers. The vikings come out of the tree in the middle of a city parade or some festivity.

Mafia problems – 80s thriller

What is the title of a movie (mid 80s) about two rich families involved in a feud that has something to do with industrial problems, maybe factories, and possibly mafia problems. There is another story line about father-daughter relationship. I remember the father had meetings with mafia (?) people at the house on the lake. At the end of the film there’s a shot of a big boat on the lake, and a huge explosion, in which everyone gets killed, and this is the ending (I think the final shot is that big explosion).

A construction worker remembers his past

Trying to find a movie or a mini-series about a construction worker in Chicago or Detroit. He remembers his life back in the 40s or 50s when he had a hard time getting by. He is Afro-American, had trouble reading and his boss or someone else was bothering him. I thing there was a problem with his house, because he couldn’t pay for it and had to sell it. There is also another story line – the relationship with his son.

Documentary about environmental hazards

I’m looking for a documentary made in the last 10 years about the process of shoe-making in India, which shows an environmental hazard. The leather for the shoes proves to be touched with radioactive material from a contaminated river. There is an interview with someone who works there for a dollar a day, and she describes the whole process of shoe-making. Then the shoes are shipped to Netherlands and France, and distributed all over the world.

Documentary about spanking

Trying to remember an American documentary (probably mid 90s- early 2000s) about spanking. There are three families who advocate the use of corporal punishment, they are very strict and religious. The mothers teach their children at home and punish them if they don’t behave. In one scene a mother asks the son if he finished his homework, he says yes, but she finds out he is not telling the truth and decides to punish him, goes to his room with a switch and we hear him scream.

Girl develops language skills

Looking for a movie (probably mid 90s’) about a girl who was found in an old house when she was 14-16 years old, living in isolation (in a cage perhaps)? She was hid by her abusive father and couldn’t talk, because when she was little no one ever spoke to her and she didn’t develop language skills. The girl had big blue eyes and was very quiet. Her doctor discovers that her mother did talk to her sometimes, and therefore she is able to learn new words. At the end of the film she learns to speak and testifies against her father in court. (NOT “Nell”. NOT “Mockingbirds don’t sing”)

Teacher boycott

I’m trying to remember a TV-movie from late 90s- early 2000s about a teacher in the South, who told his students something he shouldn’t have told them (maybe about his political views, Holocaust, or maybe about Darwin and the the theory of evolution, etc), and the parents start a boycott against him. At one point there is a school meeting and some of the parents start shouting they don’t want him in the school, trying to fight him, rip his shirt off. There are several students and teachers who support him, and it becomes a subject of national debate. The teacher has blue eyes, and he is new in town. (NOT “Inherit the wind” 1999)

Documentary- teen murderers

I am looking for a 90s-2000s documentary about teenagers who murdered their parents or relatives. One of the murderers is a teenager with schizophrenia, who murdered his grandparents. He heard voices in his head saying that he should kill his grandfather and grandmother. First he wanted to commit a suicide and drove around the neighborhood, where he was arrested for speeding, but the police let him go. Then he came to his home and murdered his grandparents with a knife or with an ax. The documentary also shows his portrait, a fat boy wearing eyeglasses.
(Not “Teen Killers: a Second Chance?” (1998), “Why did Johnny Kill?” (1988))

Life in Africa

Trying to remember a documentary (probably British, about 2000) about a white woman with blonde hair, that married an African man called James, and moved with him to Africa. She is trying to adapt to life in Africa, but finds it difficult. The husband is working in construction, and it is hard to find work. They have two children, one of them (Daniel) goes to a local school, when they practice spanking. He doesn’t want to be spanked, runs away and tells his mother about it, when all the other students are punished. The teacher asks “Where is Daniel, he didn’t come to me”, and tries to find him. His grandmother is an African woman, and she doesn’t agree to “Western” way of life and habits. She says about Daniel “his parents refuse to beat him”. Eventually they move back from Africa to their previous life.

French movie – boys fight

I am looking for a French movie (probably mid 80’s) about two groups of schoolboys fighting each other, very similar to “War of the Buttons”, but not that movie. It is probably set in the 30’s, all the boys wear black capes. The movie is told from the point of view of one of them, named Francois, his opponent’s name is Augustin. That boy wanted to betray the group, but they found out, beat him and pulled his pants down. At one point one of them is punished at school – the teachers make him stand on his knees on a bench. The second part of the movie describes their adventures, when they are 17 years old and go to a concert in the opera, later they discuss it in class.

Mother in mental hospital

I’ve been looking for this movie for 20 years!! Any clue could help…

It’s a family movie made probably in the 80s, maybe later. I could have watched it on the Lifetime channel, not sure.

It’s about a girl, whose mother is in a mental hospital, and she has to take care of her young brother and sister (twins) who are young and naughty, and her father says she doesn’t help enough. At one point there is a Christmas party, the twins cry because they want their mother, and she talks to the boy and says: “Look Liam, you are a brave cowboy, aren’t you?”, explaining that the mother is not there. She also tries to make pancakes with syrup with the twins, but they mess the kitchen up, and her father yells at her.

Then her father sends her to live with her aunt, she meets a boy at school (his name is Alex), and they end up kissing at the basement, where there is a large pool table. Her aunt comes in when they kiss and sends the boy home. Then she tells the girl she should go back to her father. The girl runs away and goes to visit her mother in a hospital. She buys pancakes for her, but the mother says she doesn’t want them. And she falls asleep on the hospital bed. Then her father comes to take her home and apologizes for yelling at her.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Lady ghost

Looking for an episode from “The Twilight Zone” about a lady who either got burned or hanged herself, and she comes back after many years. There was an old portrait of the lady, who looked like a little girl. Children watch her ghost dying either from tuberculosis or in a fire in an old house. She was wearing a white dress and looked at the children while dying (or burning to death). Or maybe she was turned into an old lady in the photos. (Maybe it’s a mixture of two episodes, but I don’t remember which ones)

Mother and daughter run away

Looking for an 80s-90s American TV-movie about an 8 year old girl who was molested by her father. Her mother discovers it, when she tries to give her a bath, and the girl starts crying and becomes hysterical. The girl’s name is Sally or Molly, her mother calls her “pumpkin” (or “peanut”). The mother goes into hiding with her, changes her hair to hide from her father, who demands to see her. They both hide from the police, at one time have a dinner at a priest’s house. (Not “In the Best Interest of the Child”)