When We Were Young: All Films

When We Were Young: All Films

A collection of coming-of-age films from nations as diverse as Australia, Tunisia, Guatemala, Myanmar, Mexico, Canada and France.

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When We Were Young: All Films
  • 52 Tuesdays

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    Sophie Hyde • 2013 • Australia • A teenager's mother undergoes a gender transition.

    When her mother reveals her female to male gender transition, 16 year-old Billie is catapulted into radically new circumstances, moving in with her father and confined to visiting her mother on Tue...

  • A Paris Education

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    Jean Paul Civeyrac • France • 2018• A portrait of the hedonism and disillusion of youth.

    Étienne leaves his working-class existence in Lyon for Paris, where he dreams of becoming an auteur. Here he quickly falls in with a new crowd, passing his days with fellow filmmaking stud...

  • Animals

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    Marcal Fores • Spain • 2012 • A fresh, inventive take on first love.

    Pol is a seventeen year old boy, shy and socially withdrawn. He has a few friends at school, who share his interest in alternative music, but spends most of his time with Deerhoof, a sentient teddy bear. With hi...

  • As I Open My Eyes

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    Leyla Bouzid • 2015 • Tunisia

    Farah struggles to pursue her singing career during a revolution.

    While her parents have traditional aspirations for her, Farah is spending her summer performing in a political rock band, while carrying out a clandestine affair with one of her bandma...

  • Breathing

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    Karl Markovics • 2011 • Austria • Upon leaving juvenile detention, Roman gets a job at the morgue.

    Roman Kogler is a nineteen-year-old living in a juvenile detention center outside Vienna. With it the prospect of life outside for the first time in his adult existence, he gets a po...

  • Buoyancy

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    Rodd Rathjen • Australia • 2019

    Fourteen year old Chakra lives in Cambodia with his family, where he labors each day in the rice fields his older brother stands to inherit. Yearning for freedom, Chakra secretly works with a local broker to make the passage to Thailand, where he ...

  • Clip

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    Maja Miloš • Serbia • 2012 • A raw portrait of disaffected youth in contemporary Serbia.

    Teenage Jasna lives a life of discontent in suburban Belgrade. Seeking to escape her controlling mother and terminally ill father, Jasna runs wild with her classmates in a world of booze-fill...

  • Dogtooth

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    Yorgos Lanthimos • Greece • 2005 • An astonishing portrait of one of cinema's strangest families.

    A handsome, well-manicured estate in the Greek countryside. A wealthy businessman lives here with his wife and three grown children, all in their twenties. They are ostensibly an or...

  • Don't Call Me Son

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    Anna Muylaert • 2016 • Brazil • Pierre's world shifts when forced to live with his biological family

    A poetic, provocative portrait of a young man's fluidity, Don't Call Me Son offers a richly layered examination of family, class, and sexuality in contemporary Brazil.

    Living with...

  • Dukhtar

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    Afia Nathaniel • Pakistan • 2014 • A thrilling journey focalizing the social issue of child brides.

    Allah Rakhi lives in the Hunza Valley with her husband, a local tribal leader, and their ten-year-old daughter Zainab. Violence has plagued their community for some time, due to a ...

  • Elza

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    Mariette Monpierre • France • 2011 • A deeply personal coming-of-age story set in Guadalupe.

    Bernadette has done everything for her daughter. Elza, the first college graduate in the family, has just completed a masters degree in Paris; rather than seeking stable employment, howe...

  • Golden Kingdom

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    Brian Perkins • Myanmar-USA • 2015 • Four orphans living in a Myanmar monastery come of age.

    Four orphans live in a Buddhist monastery in northeast Myanmar. Surrounded by verdant hills and distant mountains, their lives are idyllic until the departure of the head monk on a long j...

  • Güeros

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    Alonso Ruizpalacios • 2014 • Mexico • An angsty youth's journey through Mexico City's hidden streets

    Capturing the buoyancy and insouciance of youth, and the undercurrents of class conflict through the eyes of its young protagonists, Güeros is a shrewd and stylish journey into the...

  • Hemel

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    Sacha Polak • 2012 • Netherlands • A study of desire and sexuality told from a female perspective.

    Hemel is a promiscuous young woman living in the Netherlands, her life governed almost exclusively by the pursuit of one night stands. Her father's increasingly serious relationship...

  • Hermia & Helena

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    Matías Piñeiro • 2016 • Argentina-USA • Blends the whimsy of youth with the cadences of theatrical text.

    Blending the whimsy of youth with the jocular cadences of theatrical text, Hermia & Helena weaves an ever-expanding web of relations entangling a young woman as she comes into ...

  • Horses of God

    Nabil Ayouch • 2012 • Morocco

    Based on the 2003 Casablanca bombings, Nabil Ayouch's fourth film was selected as Morocco's official submission to the 86th Academy Awards.

  • I Killed My Mother

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    Xavier Dolan • 2009 • Canada • A Québécois teenager struggles to come out.

    The protagonist of Xavier Dolan's semi-autobiographical first film drifts between contempt and unbearable affection for his single mother as he wrestles with the decision to come out.

    Surly teenage Hubert ...

  • Indivisible

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    Edoardo De Angelis • Italy • 2016

    Daisy and Viola are conjoined twins. Sharing an apartment with their parents in a run-down neighborhood of Naples, they have spent their childhood singing at weddings and parties, where audiences are as transfixed by their condition as they are t...

  • It Felt Like Love

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    Eliza Hittman • 2013 • USA • Lila decides to lose her virginity during a summer in South Brooklyn.

    A gauzy summer in South Brooklyn. Lila, an awkward adolescent girl, passes her time breaking into beach homes and tagging along on dates between her pretty friend Chiara and Chiara'...

  • Ixcanul

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    Jayro Bustamate • 2015 • Guatemala-France • A Mayan girl lives at the foot of an active volcano

    Immersing the spectator in the rhythms of a vanishing world amidst ever-present threats of geological rupture and encroaching modernity, Ixcanul navigates the precariousness of female i...

  • Inxeba (The Wound)

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    John Trengove • 2017 • South Africa • Disassembles notions of male sexuality in South Africa.

    Shedding light on the closely-guarded ritual of ukwaluka, John Trengove's feature debut disassembles predominant notions of male sexuality in contemporary South Africa.

    Each year in the ...

  • Kill Me Please

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    Anita Rocha da Silveira • Brazil • 2011 • School girls feel a morbid fascination with local murders.

    Bia, Michele, Mariana and Renata live in an affluent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. Considered the cool girls at school, they are both priveleged and neglected by their parents, w...

  • Killa

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    Avinash Arun • India • 2014 • A coming-of-age tale of a shy boy in a tiny coastal village in Konkan.

    Chinu is a shy but very clever 11-year-old boy. He has recently moved with his mother, a bureaucrat, from Pune to a tiny coastal village in Konkan. Missing his father, who has re...

  • Nuit #1

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    Anne Émond • 2011 • Canada • Two lovers share their deepest secrets over the course of one night.

    Shot in bracing, intimate detail, and replete with philosophical musings, Nuit #1 reveals two characters adrift at the threshold of adulthood. Anne Émond's feature film debut premie...