Coming of Age, French Style II

With springtime upon us, so comes the inspiration for a second installment on this subject. It also helps that wonderful examples are still being made. Please be warned, I’d steer clear of these if the subject of young people experimenting with their sexual awakening disturbs you. It’s ironic that most of the ages portrayed in these films could not watch their own stories without parental supervision.

Young and Beautiful (2013) is directed by Francois Ozon, and stars Marine Vacth. After losing her virginity on a family vacation, a young lady chooses to control her sexual destiny. Ozon weaves an interesting story, subtly making use of class and status. His directing expertise is very well placed in this arena.



Puppylove (2013) is directed by Delphine Lehericey, and stars Solène Rigot and Audrey Bastien. A more experienced girl helps guide her best friend’s introduction into the sexual world. As complexities grow, the underling must decide on the values that are best suited for herself, not to mention the boundaries toward her own friend.

Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) is directed by Abdel Kechiche and stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. Do you believe in love at first sight? A young girl awkwardly stumbles through sex, love, and self discovery. Even the roles in her subsequent relationship seem undefined and mysterious.


About the Author

Norbert made Murfreesboro, Tenn., his home in 1997. He conceived the Living Room Cinema column in 2006, and submits them regularly to the Murfreesboro Pulse. Aside from his love of films, Norbert is also an avid photographer. He is the very proud father of two, he beats on an old guitar, and plays a dicey game of Chess at best. Like Living Room Cinema at facebook.com/livingroomcinema.

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