Criterion Collection Themes - Growing Pains

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Coming of age isn’t easy—especially in the Criterion catalog. Not all the kids in the films below had to resort to, say, primitive savagery on a desert island following an authority-figure-obliterating plane crash, but other extreme youthful horrors abound, whether related to sex, war, poverty, or high school. Where some of these characters would end up as adults we can only speculate. One thing’s for sure: the young actors who played them—from Bicycle Thieves’ Enzo Staiola to The 400 Blows’ Jean-Pierre Léaud to Mouchette’s Nadine Nortier—gave some of the most fearless, arresting performances ever captured on-screen.

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  1. 1 new

    À nos amours

    1983 — a.k.a. To Our Loves, in 10 top lists Check
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    Au revoir les enfants

    1987 — a.k.a. Au Revoir les Enfants, in 13 top lists Check
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    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 35 top lists Check
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    Black Moon

    1975, in 3 top lists Check
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    La vie d'Adèle

    2013 — a.k.a. Blue Is the Warmest Color, in 9 top lists Check
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    Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters

    2006 — a.k.a. Brand Upon the Brain!, in 3 top lists Check
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    I bambini ci guardano

    1944 — a.k.a. The Children Are Watching Us, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ostre sledované vlaky

    1966 — a.k.a. Closely Watched Trains, in 14 top lists Check
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    Come on Children

    1973, in 1 top list Check
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    Cría cuervos

    1976 — a.k.a. Cria Cuervos, in 12 top lists Check
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    Dazed and Confused

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
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    L'enfance nue

    1968 — a.k.a. Naked Childhood, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Fallen Idol

    1948, in 7 top lists Check
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    Fanny och Alexander

    1982 — a.k.a. Fanny and Alexander, in 22 top lists Check
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    À ma soeur!

    2001 — a.k.a. Fat Girl, in 4 top lists Check
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    Kenka erejî

    1966 — a.k.a. Fighting Elegy, in 2 top lists Check
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    Fish Tank

    2009, in 5 top lists Check
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    Jeux interdits

    1952 — a.k.a. Forbidden Games, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Forgiveness of Blood

    2011, in 1 top list Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 25 top lists Check
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    Pokolenie

    1955 — a.k.a. A Generation, in 2 top lists Check
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    George Washington

    2000, in 4 top lists Check
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    Germania anno zero

    1948 — a.k.a. Germany Year Zero, in 9 top lists Check
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    Ohayô

    1959 — a.k.a. Good Morning, in 7 top lists Check
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    Great Expectations

    1946, in 18 top lists Check
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    Harold and Maude

    1971, in 18 top lists Check
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    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
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    Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo

    1932 — a.k.a. I Was Born, But..., in 12 top lists Check
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    The Ice Storm

    1997, in 5 top lists Check
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    If....

    1968, in 19 top lists Check
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    Ivanovo detstvo

    1962 — a.k.a. Ivan's Childhood, in 11 top lists Check
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    Kes

    1969, in 12 top lists Check
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    King of the Hill

    1993, in 1 top list Check
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    Lacombe Lucien

    1974, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Last Picture Show

    1971, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Long Day Closes

    1992, in 8 top lists Check
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    Lord of the Flies

    1963, in 1 top list Check
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    Mon oncle Antoine

    1971 — a.k.a. My Uncle Antoine, in 6 top lists Check
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    Mouchette

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
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    Le souffle au coeur

    1971 — a.k.a. Murmur of the Heart, in 6 top lists Check
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    Mitt liv som hund

    1985 — a.k.a. My Life as a Dog, in 8 top lists Check
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    Oliver Twist

    1948, in 6 top lists Check
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    Il posto

    1961 — a.k.a. Il Posto, in 6 top lists Check
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    La promesse

    1996 — a.k.a. La Promesse, in 4 top lists Check
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    Ratcatcher

    1999, in 5 top lists Check
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    The River

    1951, in 9 top lists Check
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    Rushmore

    1998, in 10 top lists Check
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    El espíritu de la colmena

    1973 — a.k.a. The Spirit of the Beehive, in 20 top lists Check
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    Sommarlek

    1951 — a.k.a. Summer Interlude, in 4 top lists Check
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    Tess

    1979, in 5 top lists Check
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