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Coming of age

By: Rio Johan

Coming of age is a young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood. The age at which this transition takes place varies in society, as does the nature of the transition. It can be a simple legal convention or can be part of a ritual, as practiced by many societies.

Here is the list of my favorite movies that portray coming-of-age themes. In alphabetical order.

I: The War, the Politic, the Dehumanity
Ådalen 31
Corruption
Ivan’s Childhood
Julio Begins in July
Long Live the Republic
My Way Home
Shoeshine
The Boys of Paul Street
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Then I Sentenced Them All to Death

II: What So Called Society
Amarcord
Aparajito
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Do You Remember Dolly Bell?
Il posto
Kevade
La Promesse
Les Mistons
Ma vie en rose
Madame Rosa
Mes petites amoureuses
Mon oncle
Mon oncle Antoine
Mouchette
My Ain’t Folk
My Childhood
My Life as a Dog
My Way Home
Pather Panchali
Rebel Without a Cause
Fanny and Alexander
Shadow of a Fern
The 400 Blows
The Class
The Silences of the Palace
The Wild Child
The World of Apu
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
Tree of Knowledge
When Father Was Away on Business
Young Törless

III: Sexuality as an Aspect of Losing Innocence
All Things Fair
Belle Epoque
Benjamin, or The Diary of an Innocent Young Boy
Closely Watched Trains
Loves of a Blonde
Mala Noche
Murmur of the Heart
Splendor in the Grass
Wild Reeds
Y tu mamá también

IV: Innocence
Au revoir les enfants
Children of Heaven
Games of Love and Chance
Honey
Jacquot de Nantes
Kairat
Kes
Melody
Milk
Moving
One Hundred Days After Childhood
Penda’s Fen
Small Change
The Spirit of Beehive
The Sun in a Net
Where Is the Friend’s Home?

 

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chanandre

28Dec11

Oh yeah. Very nicely put. This is first milk for any decent film-buff. Great list indeed.

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Kolar

23Dec10

Nice list

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Myra

19Dec10

It's nice to see Kevade on here, my first Estonian film I think! :)

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Simon So

3Dec10

Jean-Claude Lauzon's Léolo