I’ve just seen Ben X, which is to movies about kids and bullies what The Passion of the Christ is to movies about persecuted messiahs. I’ve also just seen Choking Man, about an immigrant who suffers mockery at work because he doesn’t speak much English.
There are very interesting parallels between the films. Both films involve the active fantasy lives of the persecuted heroes, and both central characters find hope from the very same source.
So I’m thinking about, and writing about, movies that depict youngsters who suffer from relentless bullying.
Help me out here: What are some of the most memorable films you’ve seen that deal with a young person’s suffering and response to bullying? And what did that young character do in response? Soldier on and take it? Fight back? Devise some clever revenge?