By Danae Dalla
Whenever we’re talking about coming-of-age, teen movies, regardless of their main plot and point around which they center, we’re talking about sexuality. Whenever we’re talking about adolescents overall, we’re basically talking about sexuality, as it constitutes a “nodal point” for a person’s growth and further mental and physical function. Therefore, this period in an adolescent’s life is one of great impact, intensity and interest.
From Bertolucci’s dynamic liberation and Kechiche’s kinky romanticism, to Bergman’s sensual summer haze and Breillat’s crashing naturalism, to Clark’s exploitative cult favorites and Solondz’s wizard ambivalence, to Jires’ fantasy-horror sexual awakenings and Skolimowski’s graphic colorful canvas, to Borowczyk’s voluptuous borderline pornography, this list is a selection of films that deal with the subject of sexuality in adolescents through various angles and through various forms.
10. Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
Based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel of the same name, the story in “Blue is the Warmest Color” revolves around the relationship between a teenage girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and Emma (Léa Seydoux), an art student. Adèle seems to be confused about her sexual identity until she meets the charming blue-haired Emma, with whom she forms a passionate and ultimately turbulent relationship, when the two girls realise that their personalities do not communicate the way their bodies do.
Adèle is a school student uncertain about her sexuality and social life, who by the end of the film has become a teacher who knows herself a little better. Through a process of sexual quests and experiences, Abdellatif Kechiche’s coming-of-age film tells a story of growth and maturity and, of course, a love story. As it is with stories about growing up, they are always love stories in a way, and vice versa, love stories are always stories of → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema