Tag Archives: coming of age

Stream of the Week: A COUNTRY CALLED HOME – to move on, she needs another look at her past

Since this is Imogen Poots Week at The Movie Gourmet, this week’s video recommendation is a totally overlooked drama from just last year, A Country Called Home. Somehow A Country Called Home missed out on any significant theatrical release even … Continue reading

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GIRL ASLEEP: it’s my party and I’ll trip if I want to

I’ve seen plenty of teen coming of age movies, but none like Girl Asleep from Australia and first-time director Rosemary Myers.   The arc of the story may be familiar – a new school, an excruciatingly awkward boy and an encounter … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: A COUNTRY CALLED HOME – to move on, she needs another look at her past

This week’s video recommendation is a totally overlooked drama from earlier this year, A Country Called Home. Somehow A Country Called Home missed out on any significant theatrical release even though it’s a very satisfying Finding Yourself drama. Imogen Poots … Continue reading

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SFIFF: LEAF BLOWER

Leaf Blower is an amiable Mexican slice-of-life comedy.  Three young guys are drifting rudderless though their adolescences, doing what teenage males do – wasting time, busting each others balls and achieving new heights of social awkwardness and sexual frustration.  Its … Continue reading

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EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!: busting balls and chasing girls

Everybody Wants Some!! is director Richard Linklater’s nostalgic romp through his college jock days.  He’s described Everybody Wants Some!! as a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, and it has a similar vibe. We have college baseball players living in … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: DAZED AND CONFUSED

Richard Linklater’s newest movie Everybody Wants Some!! is coming out in theaters, which he describes as a “spiritual sequel” to his coming of age classic Dazed and Confused.  So let’s all go back to the last day of high school … Continue reading

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MY GOLDEN DAYS: the urgency of first love

The first love depicted in Arnaud Desplechin’s coming of age film My Golden Days is completely evocative. That first love is inevitable even if the young lovers don’t know it yet, and then filled with passion, importance, obsession, angst, conflict, … Continue reading

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Cinequest: THE OTHER KIDS

The entirely fresh coming of age movie The Other Kids traces ten kids who are about to graduate from high school in Sonora, California. The problems that these kids face, how they think about themselves, how they communicate with their … Continue reading

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MUSTANG: repression challenged by the human spirit

Mustang is about five exuberant Turkish teenage girls who challenge the repression of traditional culture.  It’s a triumph for writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and one of the best films of the year. The five parentless sisters are living with their … Continue reading

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THE TRIBE: a singular viewing experience, if you can stomach it

The Wife often mocks my taste in obscure or challenging foreign cinema, like the “Romanian abortion movie” and the “Icelandic penis movie”.  So I was looking forward to regaling her about the “Ukrainian deaf movie” The Tribe, which sparked much … Continue reading

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