Films & Events tagged with coming of age


Dissatisfied with his new life (and wife), a man tries to insinuate himself back into the home of the ex-wife and daughter he left ten years before, in this heartwarming and hilarious comedy-drama from Uruguayan director Pablo Stoll Ward (25 Watts, Whisky).

Baby Blues

Polish director Katarzyna Roslaniec follows her controversial, irresistibly scrappy debut Mall Girls with this edgy and disarmingly frank look at teen pregnancy.


Danis Goulet returns to Northern Saskatchewan in the follow up to her acclaimed film Wapawekka. This coming-of-age tale follows sixteen-year-old Alyssa, a young Cree girl whose plans to be a mom are challenged by reality.

Clandestine Childhood

Set in 1979 during Argentina's military dictatorship, Benjamín Ávila's stylized, semi-autobiographical memoir follows the travails of a fifth-grader who is forced to live under an assumed identity in order to protect his resistance-fighter parents.

The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky

Based on the award-winning novel of the same name, this boldly erotic yet movingly tender portrait of a group of vulnerable, variously wounded people — a depressed housewife, her high-school-aged lover, and his best friend, who is struggling to provide for himself and his senile grandmother — whose intersecting lives yield both sorrow and a fragile, yet enduring, hope for a brighter future.

The Interval

In an abandoned building in Naples, an unassuming, chubby teenager is forced by the Camorra to stand watch over a mysterious young woman — but as the hours go by, the power dynamic between captive and jailer radically alters. L'intervallo is a powerful dissection of contemporary Italian society from director Leonardo di Costanzo.

Juvenile Offender

Korean director Kang Yi-kwan evokes such troubled-youth classics as Rebel Without a Cause, The 400 Blows and L’enfance nue in this beautifully rendered character study of a fifteen-year-old boy struggling to stay on the straight and narrow.

Life Doesn't Frighten Me

In this coming of age comedy life for Esther Weary includes her well-intentioned grandpa, friends that suck, and a deeply depressing birthday. Gordon Pinsent and Jade Aspros star in this modern story of teenage angst.

Mr. Pip

Living under the shadow of the Papua New Guinean civil war, an eccentric schoolteacher (Hugh Laurie) forms a unique bond with a young girl (Xzannjah Matsi) over their shared love for Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, in director Andrew Adamson's (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) lusciously beautiful adaptation of the award-winning novel by Lloyd Jones.

Mumbai's King

A young boy comes of age in a Mumbai slum while dealing with his long-suffering mother and violent father, in this gently observational portrait crafted in the tradition of the great neorealist classics.

Nono, The Zigzag Kid

The son of the world's greatest detective embarks on a high-stakes adventure in this action-packed adaptation of the beloved book by Israeli writer David Grossman.

On The Road

Academy Award®–winning director Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) and producer Francis Ford Coppola finally bring Jack Kerouac's legendary Beat Generation novel to the screen.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

In this witty and affecting coming-of-age story (adapted by writer-director Stephen Chbosky from his own novel), a shy teenager (Logan Lerman) with a dark family secret is coaxed out of his shell by a sympathetic teacher (Paul Rudd) and two wild, carefree new friends (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller).

Picture Day

A rebellious teenager (Tatiana Maslany, Grown Up Movie Star) forced to repeat her last year of high school is caught between adolescence and adulthood — and between two very different male admirers — in this charming and vibrant debut feature from writer-director Kate Melville.

Short Cuts Canada: Programme #2

From sexual taboos and young women coming of age to comedic documentaries, this programme asks challenging questions about the consequences of our decisions, taking us from mountainous villages of Vietnam to a small town in Quebec preparing for the apocalypse.

Short Cuts Canada: Programme #3

Featuring new works by Mike Clattenberg and Charles Officer, this programme highlights some of Canada's most pressing issues, including city and racial politics, with new insight from dynamic and accomplished filmmakers.

Short Cuts Canada: Programme #5

The perennial theme of family is spotlighted in this programme, linking stories of a father seeking to reconnect with his son through antiquated technology, a young Cree girl planning to be a mother, and a 3-D animated documentary about a woman's decision to give up her children.


Roman Polanski’s gorgeous, sweeping version of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles returns in a glorious new 4K digital restoration.

The Deflowering of Eva van End

The ugly duckling of a fraught middle-class household has her life turned upside-down by the arrival of a handsome German exchange student, in this caustic, absurdist satire of petit-bourgeois family life from Dutch director Michiel ten Horn.

Three Kids

Three young friends struggle to survive on the streets of Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

Three Kids preceded by Peripeteia

What Richard Did

What Richard Did is a striking portrait of the fall of a Dublin golden-boy and high school rugby star whose world unravels one summer night.

With Jeff

When reserved Montreal teenager Nydia accepts a motorbike ride from an exciting and mysterious classmate, she finally discovers the thrill of spontaneity.

A World Not Ours

Imbued with nostalgia and striking a wide range of emotional notes, filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel travels to the Lebanese refugee camp of Ain El Helweh to explore how the camp's displaced people use the World Cup series to articulate their own ideas of home, community, victory and hope.


Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Kristen Bell and Logan Lerman star in this touching comedy-drama about a successful novelist whose obsession with his ex-wife has sent his perplexed family into a tailspin.