15 Must-See Coming Of Age Films Of 2017

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5. Columbus | Director: Kogonada

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Video-essayist-turned-film-maker Kogonada’s Columbus is really about understanding the aesthetics of life. About understanding what holds us back and what really keeps us going. In only his first film, Kogonada beautifully orchestrated a film that understands how and why empty spaces & architectural backdrops are just as important as a single line of dialogue. Casey seems stuck in a place that she doesn’t even know is holding her back, while Jin needs to come out of a self-made emotional turmoil. Columbus adds so much value to the entire community of Coming of age films.

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4. The Florida Project | Director: Sean Baker

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Sean Baker’s The Florida Project shows the other side of America. The one that is poor and has a short-lived life with the rent always on due. Which makes it almost unbelievable when he shows it with such magical purity that you can’t help but feel rainbows floating above your head. Shown through the eyes of Little Moone, the film is a poignant and gorgeous coming of age drama in a place that is just 100 meters away from the Happiest Place on Earth.

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3. All These Sleepless Nights | Director: Michal Marczak

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In Michal Marczak’s All These Sleepless Nights, two polish twenty-something are seen fleeting through Warsaw trying to fit into the vibrant youthful malice where loneliness feels like a curse. Playing himself, Krzysztof Baginski is Marczak’s trigger point into the lucid dreamlike life of the young. The twenties are mostly about a lot of things. Figuring life out and falling in and out of love is merely a part of it. Time floats seamlessly in Marczak’s film. Which is why these breakups, patch-ups, and fuckups feel more than just trivial things, they are essentially the times when we grow up.

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2. Thelma | Director: Joachim Trier

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Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier’s Thelma blends supernatural elements with human conflicts, existential dilemmas and the horrors of growing up. Tattered up with enchanting imagery and a great understanding of the dead bird inside every person who was forced to undergo normalcy, the film is a tale of female sexual awakening & constant repression due to religious ethics.


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1. Call Me By Your Name | Director: Luca Guadagnino

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Comfort, elegance and a beautiful sense of sadness seep through every frame of Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. Which only makes us wish to stay with these sensually romanticized set of men, even longer. It is the type of romance that makes you want to believe in romance and a love story that carries that essential blessing out of every love story – self-growth. A film that dares you to desire the things that actually matter. A true achievement. Apart from topping this list, Call Me By Your Name is the one of best coming of age films of all time.

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Shikhar Verma

Getting fat with the wife. Absolutely loves the all-consuming, indulgent world of cinema.