Film Selections 12: Blossoming
When you’re a child, you spend your time doing irreproachable actions, without knowing that there would be consequences. And you think to yourself, “Oh, how I wish life would keep going on like this.”
Yet this is not how the world works. In order to function fully and wholeheartedly as a person, there needs to be a leap. There will be a time where you want to lean towards independence and freedom. Some parts could be so ugly that you might want to die, and some other parts you might want to cherish for the rest of your life. But don’t worry, those parts are essential in constructing who you are and who you want to be.
To blossom into a state of maturity is a mélange, an exciting epoch of your life’s journey.
These are five films selected by yours truly, on how beautiful blossoming can be.
CAROL (Dir: Todd Haynes, 2015)
Starring: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy
Oh, how I love a film that is filled with longing silence.
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (Dir: Kelly Fremon Craig, 2016)
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Richardson, Kyra Sedgwick, Hayden Szeto
When you finally grow out of juvenescence, pain awaits, and to witness this film is cathartic.
AMERICAN HONEY (Dir: Andrea Arnold, 2016)
Starring: Sasha Lane, Shia Labeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi, Raymond Coalson
A puppy love story in the rough.
EASY A (Dir: Will Gluck, 2010)
Starring: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci
Beware of high school, unless you’re humorous. If so, you’re good.
SPIRITED AWAY (DIr: Hayao Miyazaki)
Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mari Natsuki, Tatsuya Gashuin
A contemporary, open-ended interpretation of Japanese folklore that strangely fits all generations. Magic.