“Tiny Furniture” by Lena Dunham (USA, 2010)

Tiny Furniture

The pathetic days of a young woman in search of love and affection who is rejected by everyone / difficult to get emotionally involved in the lead personage
The director, her mother and her sister are playing their respective roles.

Cast: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, Jemima Kirke, Rachel Howe, David Call
Written and directed by Lena Dunham
Music by Teddy Blanks
Cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes
Film Editing by Lance Edmands


“It Felt Like Love” by Eliza Hittman (USA, 2013)

First feature

It Felt Like Love

Cast: Jesse Cordasco, Andrew McCord, Gina Piersanti, Case Prime, Nick Rosen
Director: Eliza Hittman
Writer: Eliza Hittman
Cinematography by Sean Porter
Film Editing by Scott Cummings, Carlos Marques-Marcet

“Lady Bird” by Greta Gerwig (USA, 2017)

Lady Bird

Nuanced approach of all the things on which the life of a teenage girl is built / Excellent acting, great editing! However, a too “uniquely American” comedy, as Christopher Gray puts it.

Cast:  Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein
Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer: Greta Gerwig
Cinematographer: Sam Levy
Editor: Nick Houy
Composer: Jon Brion

“Princess Cyd” by Stephen Cone (USA, 2017)

Princess Cyd

Sex and relationships in the eyes of a teenage girl and a woman in her late 40’s.
A movie staging 3 women in a finely-tuned coming-of-age and out-of-the-closet story, with balanced personages, multi-faceted sexual identities, and an healthy racial distribution.
“You may look at Miranda, and think immediately, ‘Oh, okay, I know who that woman is’. You would be wrong. The same for Cyd. ‘Oh, okay. Bored teenager sunbathing in a bikini. I know who that is’. Again, you would be wrong.” writes Sheila O’Malley.

Cast: Rebecca Spence, Jessie Pinnick, Malic White, James Vincent Meredith, Tyler Ross, Matthew Quattrocki
Director: Stephen Cone
Writer: Stephen Cone
Editor: Christopher Gotschall
Director of Photography: Zoe White
Original Music Composer: Heather McIntosh

“Story Of A Girl” by Kyra Sedgwick (USA, 2017)

Story Of A Girl

Some good moments, clumsy (first feature) direction

Actors: Kevin Bacon, Sarah Grey, Jon Tenney
Director: Kyra Sedgwick
Writers: Laurie Collyer, Emily Bickford Lansbury
Music by Travis Bacon
Cinematography by Alar Kivilo
Film Editing by Sabine Hoffman

“Thirteen” by Catherine Hardwicke (USA, 2003)


A world in which men are central but absent

Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Written by Hardwicke, Nikki Reed
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh, Brian Zarate
Cinematography by Elliot Davis
Film Editing by Nancy Richardson

“Jasper Jones” by Rachel Perkins (Australia, 2017)


Jasper Jones

Interesting representation of teenagers rejecting the crooked ways of the significant adults around them.
NOTICED (SPOILER): One mother betrays her husband. Another one destroys evidence to protect hers. In the end, it leaves two children betrayed by their mothers.
The musical score is too omnipresent. 

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Angourie Rice
Director: Rachel Perkins
Writers: Shaun Grant, Craig Silvey (story)
Music by Antony Partos
Cinematography by Mark Wareham
Film Editing by Veronika Jenet