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Star Boys (2017)

Rebellion, friendship, confusion and the inevitable loss of one's innocence – all motifs one expects to see in a rite-of-passage film -- are present in Star Boys.

Together (2009)

A family is suddenly torn apart from a horrific disaster which takes away the life of one parent and leaves the surviving one and the teenage son trying to piece together their shattered lives.

The Weapon (1956)

A young boy finds a gun, shoots a friend by accident and, scared, runs away while the police and the US army seek him out.
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Playground (2016)

Playground follows a pre-teen girl, her crush, and his best friend as they go through their relatively uneventful lives. But it's a shocking, tumultuous finale that is the all the talk about this film.

Grand Hotel (2016)

A pleasant cinematic experience well worth one's time, Grand Hotel is a must see.

Heartstone (2016)

Visually beautiful and well-acted, Heartstone is a poignant film that earns the highest recommendation.

The Color of Milk (2004)

Three young Norwegian girls deal with peer pressure and expectations of "normality", in The Color of Milk, a typical character based Coming-of-Age drama with romance nuances.

Fog in August (2016)

A powerful Coming-of-Age drama exposing one of the horrible crimes of the Nazi regime and its inhumanity as told through the eyes of a young boy.
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Gips (2015)

Gips is a bitter-sweet Coming-of-Age cocktail of youthful experiences. Recommended!

Kes (1969)

An enchanting story with first-rate acting that is, quite simply, a cinematic masterpiece.

The Good Life (1996)

A film with a combination of drama, comedy and strong Coming-of-Age nuances that makes it a pleasant film to view.
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14+ (2015)

An accurate portrayal of what it is like to be a teenager nowadays, presented in a thoughtful and honest manner.

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The Witch in the Window (2018)

Just in time for Halloween, a scary film with a Coming-of-Age motif and a talented and charismatic young actor in one of its lead roles.

Book Review: The Misfits by James Howe

An engaging story about four middle school students and getting to know each other's unique traits, quirks, and personalities.

Lost in Yonkers (1993)

The story of the peculiar experiences of two young teen brothers who were sent to stay with their stern German grandmother and childlike aunt in Yonkers, New York in the summer of 1942.

A Book Review: Me and You by Niccolo Ammaniti

Set in Italy, this is a story about an introverted 14 year old boy from Rome who has troubles fitting in.

Boarding School (2018)

While initially this film appears to be a Coming-of-Age psychodrama, it shapes into something completely different once the story starts developing.