When We Were Boys (2009) Trailer
With rare access to the inner sanctum of privilege, this sensitive observational glimpse into the under-the-radar world of boys unfolds over two years through the experiences of Noah and Colin, two friends who attend an elite private boys' school. Director Sarah Goodman (Army of One, Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, 2004) follows the boys as they navigate from grade eight to the senior school, playing video games, singing like angels in the choir, and alternately goofing off or napping in class. Watching the boys study Lord of the Flies with an inspired English teacher is fascinating. Emotional struggles flicker beneath the surface as the pecking order they establish takes its toll on their friendship, and thoughtful, sincere Noah becomes more isolated. The way each negotiates the culture of boys begins to define the leaders, fathers, and men they will become.