Tag Archives: Coming of Age

Little Women (Review) – Greta Gerwig delivers a sumptuous slice of classic literature

This is the sixth on screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. The most recent having been the 1994 academy award nominated film starring Winona Ryder. However, unlike previous adaptations Greta Gerwig’s Little Women sings with a vibrant air of modernism. Taking the roots of the classic novel while dovetailing them with a beautiful coming of age journey. With …

Cherry Tobacco (Review) – The smoke and mirrors of first love

‘Kirsitubakas’ Films exploring first love are of course nothing new within the coming of age genre. With many films over the years having explored the desire, humour and longing that first love inevitably brings. However, Estonian film Cherry Tobacco, dovetails this intensity and desire with a nuanced exploration of community, infatuation and belonging. Creating a gentle coming of age story …

This is Not Berlin – Coming of age in a haze of art, sex, music and drugs

‘Esto no es Berlín’ Hari Sama’s semi-autobiographical new film ‘This is Not Berlin’ buzzes with the vibrant and intoxicating energy of 1980’s counterculture. Coupled with the freshly emerging punk and new wave scene of 80s Mexico City. A scene that sweeps two teenage friends into an emerging world of art, sex, risk and liberation. Their friendship challenged and changed as …

Good Boys (Review)

There is always an inherent risk in placing adult themed comedy into the hands of a ‘tween’ cast of actors. The result being a potentially uncomfortable mix of young teens, bad language and sexual jokes. With adult humour interfacing with the sensibility of ensuring childhood innocence is maintained. Good Boys therefore had a difficult path to navigate. In traversing the …

Blinded by the Light – Review

Inspired by the teenage life of writer Sarfraz Manzoor (Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock’n’ Roll). Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham) delivers a film of warmth, affection and social commentary on 80’s Britain. That equally shines alongside its Springsteen rich score. Blinded by the light reimagines the story of Manzoor. Taking his passion for Springsteen and childhood …

Girl (Review)

Inspired by the real life story of dancer Nora Monsecour. Lucas Dhont brings us a beautiful coming of age debut feature with ‘Girl’. Exploring the emotional and physical complexity of transitioning gender for young people. Lara (Victor Polster) lives with her father and little brother in a small apartment in Antwerp. While also enrolled at the Royal Ballet School, where …

Coming of Age – The Essential Collection

Updated December 2019 Coming of age stories are integral to modern filmmaking and storytelling. Consequently offering us a window into the complexity, joy, frustration and urgency of teenage experience. While reflecting back to us the intense feelings and powerful emotions of the journey into adult life. As a genre ‘coming of age’ has housed some the most emotive and powerful …