Film tips for the time when life takes a forced pause

Film tips for the time when life takes a forced pause

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Schools are closed, parties forbidden, parents in the home office. This undermines the coolest stress management in the long run. It's good to then have access to suitable films or series that open windows into other worlds.

The cinema portal filmdienst.de and the Catholic News Agency (KNA) have compiled tips for worthwhile youth films to combat boredom and camp fever:

Movie gems for adolescents at Netflix

For many young people, it's almost impossible to do without Netflix. Series like "Dead Girls Don't Lie," "Stranger Things" or "Dark" are tempting to binge-watch and are aimed specifically at a young audience. The series "Sex Education" (meanwhile the 2. Season launched) is great fun and never stupid in the process.

But there are also some real film gems for adolescents aged 14 and up. For example, the wonderful "Okja" by director Bong Joon-Ho or also the "Oscar" winning drama "Moonlight" by Barry Jenkins.

Lots of "coming of age" movies on Amazon Prime

The Amazon Prime pay service has a particularly wide range of recent youth films, including many "coming-of-age" movies that were only in theaters for a short time and can now finally be watched at home. These are profound and at times abysmal films like "Blue My Mind," "Der Nachtmahr" or "Ava," which have a very unique approach to the coming of age of girls and sometimes even borrow from horror films.

For younger people aged 14 and over, the road movie "Mikro Sprit" by Michel Gondry or the literary adaptation "Me and Earl and the Girl", which tells with a light hand about the friendship between two boys and a girl suffering from cancer, are particularly recommended.

Also available there is Jonah Hill's directorial debut, the beautifully nostalgic skater film "Mid90s," and Andrea Arnold's "American Honey," about a girl who joins a group of young people traveling the U.S. as a "pusher gang".

Free on-demand services on YouTube or Vimeo

It is also worthwhile to search video platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo for video-on-demand offers for youth films worth seeing. On the Vimeo channel, for example, you can find the Austrian film "Seventeen," which tells the story of a first love in a completely unagitated way, but with great dedication. Exciting is also the film "Beach Rats" by Eliza Hittman, who was awarded the "Silver Bear" at the "Berlinale" for her teen drama "Never Rare Sometimes Always.

The free on-demand service filmfriend.de of the public libraries stands out for its particularly carefully curated film program for young people. For example, Xavier Dolan's son-mother drama "I Killed My Mother" or "Winter's Bone," with which Jennifer Lawrence made her breakthrough as a
Actress managed. And if you fancy two old DEFA classics, you'll find them here with "Island of the Swans" and "Seven Freckles.

By Kirsten Taylor

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