ET The Extraterrestrial (1983). Available on Amazon Prime Video
Steven Spielberg was already a renowned director in Hollywood after his films Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Raiders of the Lost Ark, when he got behind the cameras in this children’s film starring children, which was the first major film role. of the now popular actress Drew Barrymore, as the protagonist’s sister.
The film narrates the friendship between Elliott (Henry Thomas, who many years later regained fame with the Netflix series The Curse of Hill House), a lonely boy and a visitor from another planet who is abandoned on Earth when his ship, when he starts back, he forgets about it. Little Elliot and his brothers will try to find a way for the little alien to return home before the scientists or the police find him.
Abracadabra (1993). Available on Disney +
Directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Michael Jackson’s This is it) this film was able to interpret the then growing interest of children in the horror genre.
In 1693 in Salem, a young man confronts three witch sisters, Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), who have kidnapped his sister in order to create a potion to regain her youth. . Before carrying out the spell, the sisters are caught and sentenced to die for practicing witchcraft. But before the execution, Winifred casts a curse on the village, ensuring that when a candle is lit, the sisters will return from the dead. Three hundred years later, teenage Max Dennison (Omri Katz) tries to adjust to a new city, Salem. When at school he meets a girl he falls in love with, to get her attention he lights a candle and releases the curse, bringing the witches back. Max, with the help of his friends, must face them.
The Harry Potter saga (2001-2011). The full saga is available on HBO Max
The series of seven books written by JK Rowling resulted in eight Warner films, which were box office successes and made the boy wizard one of the most recognized characters in children’s and young adult literature in the world.
The friendship between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) is one of the most endearing in the history of cinema and letters and reflects the years they share at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In all that time Harry Potter must face the multiple trials and cruelties of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed his parents in his quest to be the most powerful in the magical world.
Luca (2021). Available on Disney +
This animated film by the director Enrico Casarosa, was released last month exclusively on the platform without going through theaters and without additional payment. The action takes place on the Italian coast known as La Riviera, where Luca spends the summer with his best friend Alberto. Both will meet a girl, Giulia, the daughter of a fisherman, who will embark them in a competition that is going to take place in the town. What she doesn’t know is that the boys, in addition to being friends, share a secret: they are actually two sea creatures.
To see as a family
The driver and Mrs. Daisy (1989). Available on Amazon Prime Video
With this title it appears in the platform’s catalog, although in Argentina it was known as Driving Miss Daisy.
Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) is a 72-year-old retired teacher, widowed and wealthy. She is determined to buy a car, but her son Boolie Werthan (Dan Aykroyd), fearing he will have an accident, prefers to hire Hoke (Morgan Freeman), a black chauffeur. The old woman’s personality doesn’t make Hoke’s job easy, but the friendship between him and Daisy will grow with each walk.
Cinema Paradiso (1988). Available, in Spanish or with subtitles, on Youtube
Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this film by Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore is one of the most poetic tributes to the impact that cinema has on people’s lives. It is the story of Salvatore Di Vita (Jacques Perrin), a filmmaker who in his childhood was simply Toto, a boy who loved to enjoy the films that were shown in his town’s cinema, the “Cinema Paradiso”.
The life of this little boy will take a turn when he meets Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), the person in charge of projecting the films and despite the enormous differences between them they establish a friendship because they have a great love in common: the cinema.
A pastry shop in Tokyo (2015). Available on Amazon Prime Video
Directed by Naomi Kawase, this Japanese film tells the story of Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase), a sad man who runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis, sweet cakes filled with red bean paste. When the elderly Tokue (Kirin Kiki) offers to be her assistant in the kitchen, Sentaro does not believe her capable, especially due to her advanced age. However, he soon discovers that those hands are capable of creating the best dorayaki he has ever tried. This master baker, together with a young student and Tokue, will live a friendship that will transcend everything expected.
Men to the water (2018, for those over 16 years old). Available on Netflix
French film by director Gilles Lellouche, focuses on a group of men in their 40s who, apart from dealing with their family or work problems, decide to form the first French men’s synchronized swimming team, challenging all stereotypes and ignoring the prejudices of those around them. Companionship and friendship grow as you face this unique challenge. With Mathieu Amalric and Guillaume Canet.
Green Book (2018, for those over 13 years old). Available on Amazon Prime Video
Director Peter Farrelly pictures the true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), set in the 1960s in America. Tony is an Italian-American who gets a job as a chauffeur for Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a refined and well-known African-American pianist. Together they will go on a concert tour following the guidelines of “The Green Book”, a guide with accommodations in the southern states where black citizens could spend the night, so as not to share those spaces with whites. The friendship between these two very different people, played by two talented actors, could not be left out of this review.
Florida Project (2017, for people over 16 years old). Available on Amazon Prime Video
Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) is a girl who dreams of going to Disney World and at least geographically she is quite close, because she lives in a motel on the outskirts of Orlando (Florida), called Magic Castle Motel, with her mother Halley ( Bria Vinaite), a single and aimless woman. Moonee spends her days playing with her friend Jancey (Valeria Cotto) in this setting where alcohol, drugs, violence and prostitution are commonplace. The dream world that little girls have, despite being close, is too far away. Directed by Sean Baker.