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Top picks – Coming of age stories

Published: August 12th, 2016

Written by: Aisha

Coming of age stories – this category of film resonates with me the most. Mainstream cinema never really touches upon teenage years and young adulthood (early 20’s) as honestly as independent cinema manages to do so. In my humble opinion, I believe indies do a really good job at showing those times when we’re going through that awkward stage of not being a kid anymore, yet we have not quite reached adult.

Growing up, finding yourself and finding your passion in life (and trying to get paid for it) is the age-old struggle of young adulthood. It’s harder than it looks. Here you are, trying to be something and trying to have everything figured out because society tells us we should. For me, even at the age of 22, I’m nowhere near it. It’s those coming of age stories that help (me, anyway), realise that it’s okay not to be “something” yet – even if others of our generation are. In life we all face struggles – the things that hold us back. Some people handle life’s dramas better than others, but the most important thing isn’t when you got there, but the journey that got you to that point. This is why I have such a strong love for coming of age stories, because it’s all about the journey of growth of that individual.

The coming of age stories chosen below have all really struck a chord inside me. Some of them make me feel like it’s okay not to know who I am yet, while some of them really showcase the general teenage troubles most teens face, such as falling into the wrong crowd, rebelling against our parents, worrying about our parents, getting frustrated with society, friends, and the world around you. I’m excited to share some of my favourites with you.

Girlhood

Girlhood

Boyhood

Boyhood

Ghost World

Ghost World

Reality Bites

Reality bites

Pump up the volume

Pump up the volume

Submarine

Submarine

 

 

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