We’ve all woken up and can’t remember what happened the day before. It’s called college. But when you wake up and you can’t remember anything at all from your entire life? Or when you wake up and you are running in a subway station and people are chasing you? That sort of thing only happens in the movies (sort of like Memento). BOY 7 is (confusedly) one of two films with that same exact title to come out this year (and with the same plot). Özgür Yildirim’s German version of Boy 7 (the original is Dutch) made its international premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival last night, and right now is my 2nd favorite film of the fest yet.
BOY 7 speeds through its plot like a scifi “Run Lola Run,” rarely giving the audience the chance to catch up, which really works to its benefit because the world that’s developed is so distinct.
Sent to a reform school for students with special talents, talents like breaking computer firewalls, Boy 7 finds acceptance for the first time, but only if he follows the rules. The school, its hierarchy, and the vast array of students, mentors and instructors provide the most comprehensive backdrop since Hogwarts, not surprising since Boy 7 is also based on a young adult novel. There is flashback – the hero discovers the training they are receiving may not be purely for altruistic motives. In fact, the flashbacks to the Academy are so good, its almost disappointing to come out of them into real time. But that’s where the danger and forward momentum is.
BOY 7 just screened at Fantasia, and its next stop has not been announced… could it be Fantastic Fest? Or will they opt for the Dutch version? Or leave both of them for Other Worlds Austin to choose?