Category Archives: Coming-of-age

‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig’s ode to mothers, daughters, and Sacramento

In a year that will chiefly be remembered as the year that began an equality movement in Hollywood, it is important to underscore the significance of these auteurs’ achievements. From Dee Rees’s success with Mudbound, to Rachel Morrison’s historic Oscar nomination for cinematography (making her the first and only woman nominated for the category), to the end-of-year US box office

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‘Call Me By Your Name’: on the unforgiving pain of first love

When I saw the trailer for Call Me By Your Name, the newest film by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, a car scene popped up that seemed all too familiar: a woman caresses the hair of her teary-eyed son, and they drive in silence as he whimpers. It immediately became clear to me that this was not going to be a

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‘Beach Rats’ explores the quiet pains of sexual awakening

There is something so deeply heartbreaking about the silence with which one carries pain, the consuming numbness that occurs in reaction to the ache that burdens daily existence. And if the struggles adolescents face in today’s unforgiving world aren’t hard enough, they are amplified tenfold when placed in a context of queerness. This is at the core of Eliza Hittman’s

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Sally Field is quirky and lovable in ‘Hello, My Name is Doris’ 

Falling for someone is one of the best and worst things that can happen to you. The pleasure and the excitement of meeting someone new can put a hop in your skip and brighten your day…it can also turn you into an obsessive maniac with a clusterfuck of issues to deal with post realisation that you overthink everything. Point is,

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” captures the heart of adolescence 

Coming-of-age Dramas are, in my opinion, of the most difficult genres to tackle for movie-makers. These films are a culmination of a number of very fragile elements that, if executed improperly, will surely compromise the quality and authenticity of the final product. And seldom have directors succeeded in making a film that speaks to its audience on a deeper level.

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