Watch on Cineuropa: Movies that will make you miss your childhood
- More indie gems to stream on our pages: this time, a selection of memorable coming-of-age stories
No, this is not a list of the Disney films that you used to watch over and over as a kid, so often and so religiously you’d end up reciting them by heart and wearing out the VHS tapes (for those among you who still remember what VHS tapes were, that is). It’s a list of films that will remind you just how magical and mysterious, and sometimes terrifying, the world can look when you see it as a kid, movies that will invite you to keep your inner child alive, even as the years go by, and our gap from that idyllic moment in time grows larger. Sit down, and happy reminiscing.
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One of the very few docs to win the Palm d’Or in Cannes's history, Laurent Cantet’s journey into an inner-city Paris high school is an energetic and powerful study of present-day France, seen through the exchanges between a teacher and his students.
Stéphane Demoustier’s sophomore feature and Berlinale prizewinner conjures a striking, claustrophobic odyssey through the streets of Paris, seen through the eyes of a lost child. A hide-and-seek gone wrong turns into a riveting cinematic experience, casting a magical light on the world of children.
Short Term 12
Few films exude as much humanity and compassion as Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, a look at a community of troubled teens and a twenty something supervisor determined to help them survive the system. Featuring Brie Larson in one of her earliest and most fulminating performances to date.
As haunting and majestic as its snowy settings, Sister, Ursula Meier’s second feature, is a lacerating portrait of a family falling apart, and a sibling duo struggling to make ends meet. Winner of the Silver Bear - Special Award at the 2012 Berlinale.
An extremely original and heartfelt film by Michel Gondry (famed for helming Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), The We and the I homes in on a group of teenagers bracing for their last day of high school, conjuring an indelible portrait of what it feels like to wrestle with the desire to be yourself, and the need to blend in.
An 8-year old Portuguese child fled with her parents to France in the early seventies. But the Portuguese terror travels along with her, with an alcoholic father and unloving mother. Winner of the International Debut Award at the 2018 Goteborg Film Festival, Cristina Pinheiro concocts a lacerating coming of age tale, with a stellar performance by the young Luisa Palmeira.
Straight from Sundance, here’s a heartrending tale of a family enjoying what are likely to be their last few days together. Director Gustavo Pizzi teams up with his wife, co-writer and star Karine Teles to conjure a family portrait that feels both personal and universal.
The second chapter of Ray’s extraordinary Apu Trilogy, Aparajito follows teenage Apu in his tender, sometimes heart-wrenching path to adulthood. Winner of the Golden Lion in Venice, it cemented Ray’s name as one of the brightest starts in world cinema’s firmament. In the words of Roger Ebert, “never before had one man had such a decisive impact on the films of his culture.”
What does it mean to raise your children “the appropriate way”, and who gets to decide what “appropriate” means, exactly? Sophie Reine’s endearing dramedy - where a single father struggles with the education of his two daughters while working two jobs - is a wonderful attack on the system, and an ode to the complicated, mysterious beauty of all kinds of families.
Todos se van
Sergio Cabrera adapts an acclaimed book by Cuban writer Wendy Guerra in Todos Se Van, a portrait of an 8-year-old caught in a custody battle that doubles as a struggle against a whole country’s oppressive regime. A family portrait that grows into a larger snapshot of a nation confronting a pivotal moment of its young history.
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