Tag Archives: Coming-of-age drama

First Match (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Wrestling for her father

“First Match”, which is currently available on Netflix, initially draws our attention through its supposedly unconventional promise. Here is a young girl who has struggled a lot in her tough environment, and it is often poignant to observe how she … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Breadwinner (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): The story of a young girl in Kabul

“The Breadwinner”, a little animation feature film which was recently nominated for Best Animated Feature Oscar, distinguishes itself with its simple but appealing storytelling coupled with an impressive animation style. While its story often feels bleak and desperate for good … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

A Prophet (2009) ☆☆☆☆(4/4): A criminal education in prison

It is always fascinating to see a smart character rising up from the bottom step by step, and French film “A Prophet” is one of such cases. Here is a plain young man thrown into a grim, violent closed world … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Lady Bird (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Precisely funny and effortlessly poignant

At first, “Lady Bird” looks like another conventional adolescent coming-of-age drama. Again, we have a young heroine eager to go further with her burgeoning life and she surely comes to grow up a lot in the end as being ready … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Call Me by Your Name (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): That bright romantic summer

“Call Me by Your Name”, the latest work from Luca Guadagnino, brims with the sensuous sense of love and romance in its bright, breezy summer atmosphere. While its first half closely and intimately observes its two heroes tentatively approaching to … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

American Honey (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Selling and drifting on the road

“American Honey”, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in last year, gives us a vivid, realistic glimpse into a certain type of lifestyle which is not so familiar to many of us. Because I had never … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Edge of Seventeen (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Edgy, witty, and heartfelt

Edgy, witty, and heartfelt, “The Edge of Seventeen” is a genuine coming-of-age story about that tumultuous life period called adolescence. While it often throws some funny moments of incisive humor via its spunky heroine who tries to deal with her … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment