The 10 Best Movies About The Search For Identity

By Zach Wee

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Who are you? What kind of person are you? Are you the same person as you were a decade ago? Will you be the same person a decade later? These questions, simple enough, are questions that plagues even the most sophisticated of individuals. Questions that trigger sporadic bursts of mild existential plight. Questions that, woefully enough, are not answered by the films, but rather, reinforced.

Reinforced through the deeply personal and philosophical portraits that they paint so masterfully. Portraits of complex characters so incredibly distinct from one another, yet all on the same journey of self-discovery.

Perhaps you might be so inclined as to find answers as to the purpose of your existence in this film, or perhaps, and more achievably so, you would find yourself engaged in a strong, introspective discussion, questioning your own place in the context of your existence. Without further ado, these are 10 movies about the search for identity.

10. Lady Bird

Lady Bird is up there as one of the more surprisingly thought-provoking films of the American Coming-of-Age subgenre, a class of films easily categorised with generic storylines, unnecessary “feel-good” moments of weak and predictable catharsis and above all else, delivered by filmmakers whom can only wish they understood children.

This film captures teenage angst like never before, in a way that’s beyond the superficial “Fuck everyone.” mindset that lesser filmmakers seem to enjoy perpetuating in much lesser films of the genre. It scrutinises and examines that typical teen mindset in a way that’s heartfelt and intelligent, explored through a deeply complex individual struggling with self-identity and self-acceptance, inherently floundering with the whole concept of independence, stuck in the all too well-known limbo between childhood and adulthood.

Lady Bird truly serves as a fantastic directorial debut from Greta Gerwig, being able to pull surprisingly → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema