Category Archives: Coming of Age

The Art of Getting By

aogbThe Art of Getting By (2011)

Written & Directed By: Gavin Wiesen

Also Reviewed By: M. Brown at Two Dollar Cinema

My Rating: 2.5/5

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My Life as a Dog

my-life-as-a-dog-dvd-coverMy Life as a Dog (1985)

Directed By: Lasse Hallström

Written By: Lasse Hallström, Reidar Jönsson, Brasse Brännström, Per Berglund, Based on the Novel by Reidar Jönsson

My Rating: 5/5

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North Sea Texas

North_Sea_Texas_posterNorth Sea Texas (2011)

Directed By: Bavo Defurne

Written By: Bavo Defurne & Yves Verbraeken Based on the Novel Nooit Gaat Dit Over by André Sollie

My Rating: 3/5


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Kisses (2008)

kissesKisses (2008)

Written and Directed By: Lance Daly

Why I Saw It: Sarah’s Pick

My Verdict: Beautiful!

Dylan (Shane Curry) and Kylie (Kelly O’Neill) run away from home on Christmas, fleeing Dylan’s volatile father, and spend twenty-four hours on the streets of inner-city Dublin. Their home lives are heartbreakingly stark and marred by abuse and fear. Yet on the cusp of puberty, Dylan and Kylie have retained some child-like innocence. One of the beautiful things about the movie is that we see them joyfully being kids before things take a darker and more serious turn. This is a lovely film, in which gentle scenes depicting children’s loyalty to one another, and sense of fun and adventure, are starkly contrasted with an ugly world of poverty, violence, and fear.

What I Was by Meg Rosoff

What I Was by Meg Rosiff

Published: January, 2008 (Viking)

Format: Paperback

Recommended By: Ana at Things Mean a Lot

I Categorized It As: Literary Fiction

My Rating: 5/5

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