Dark Enemy (1984)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This depressing children's film may not meet good technical standards, and the acting is amateur, but then it is a product of the Children's Film Unit of Great Britain, funded to encourage children to create movies. The setting for this post-nuclear holocaust story is a bucolic valley where children till the soil because the adults are all dying off. Young Aron (Rory Macfarquhar) is curious enough about the unknown past to brave travel beyond the confines of his village, and what he discovers, as he meets his deformed sister for the first time, is that materialistic greed was the root cause of a disaster that no child can fully comprehend. Gloomy and foreboding, this is a surprisingly somber look at the future.

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war, boy, child, child-abuse, control, farming, past, post-nuclear-holocaust, questioning [police interrogation], search, stranded, truth