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Remember you're only a girl

by Karen Callora
Films about first and pre-adolescent love to warm the cockles of your heart. A Little Romance (1979) A French boy and an American girl, who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius who enchants them with his story telling. In an attempt to solidify the teens’ love forever, the three journey to Venice. I Love You, I Love You Not (1996) Daisy tells Nana of her romance with a young man named Ethan and her problems at school because she’s Jewish. Nana tells the story of her young life when she was sent to a ghetto and then a concentration camp. The love she has for the boy is strong but the love he has for… Read more

Films about first and pre-adolescent love to warm the cockles of your heart.

A Little Romance (1979) A French boy and an American girl, who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius who enchants them with his story telling. In an attempt to solidify the teens’ love forever, the three journey to Venice.


I Love You, I Love You Not (1996) Daisy tells Nana of her romance with a young man named Ethan and her problems at school because she’s Jewish. Nana tells the story of her young life when she was sent to a ghetto and then a concentration camp. The love she has for the boy is strong but the love he has for her is questionable. He lets his friends judge her from the outside, not for who she is on the inside, and when she turns out to not be like every other girl he breaks up with her.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down — which might not be such a bad thing.

L’argent de poche (1976) Patrick befriends Julien, a new student who lives in poverty with his mother and has a terrible secret. Bruno shows his friends how to chat up girls. Sylvie stages a witty protest against her parents. Brothers give a friend a haircut. A toddler falls from a window and is unhurt. Everybody goes to the cinema. At camp, Martine catches Patrick’s eye. A teacher explains: “Life is hard, but it’s wonderful.”

The Year My Voice Broke (1987) During the year 1962, a young prepubescent boy in rural Austrailia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off a chain of events that irreversibly changes the lives of everyone involved.

Little Manhattan (2005) In Manhattan, the 10 ¾ years old Gabe finds his first love when he meets his former kindergarten mate, the eleven years old Rosemary, in his karate classes. Confused with his new feelings and with the divorce process of his beloved parents, Leslie and Adam, he experiences the delightful unknown sensation of being in love for the first time.

Jeremy (1973) Jeremy is a gifted young cellist and sophomore at a New York performing arts high school. He’s a shy kid, a little goofy, sensitive, and socially awkward. Susan is a transplant from Detroit. A dancer, she’s pretty, independent, has a wisdom beyond her years, and a palpable sadness due to the loss of her mother when she was a young child. Jeremy is smitten the moment he sets eyes on her.

La Boum (1980) This is the story about the first love experiences of a teenage-girl.

Melody (1971) Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible. The story is told from the children’s point of view.

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