Thursday, June 21, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Juvenile Delinquents
For the 25th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. The subject is on juvenile delinquents. Kids who are troubled and acting out as they get themselves in trouble as a way to escape whatever problems they’re having at home or at school. It’s often a complicated subject yet it often create some compelling films. Here are my three picks:
1. The 400 Blows
Francois Truffaut’s feature-length debut film is definitely one of the finest films of the 20th Century as it explores the journey of Antoine Doinel. A young boy who is having trouble at school and at home as he spends a lot of time playing hooky where he would also see his mother with another man. This leads to the boy acting out and do all sorts of things but also face revelations about himself and his family life that would have Doinel deal with his many issues for next several years into three more films and a short as it is this film that remains one of Truffaut’s best.
2. Over the Edge
A film that didn’t get a lot of appreciation upon its initial release in 1979, Jonathan Kaplan’s film about a group of kids rebelling against their parents and authorities over plans to destroy the recreational center for an industrial park instead of a cinema and roller rink. Along with an abusive policeman giving the kids a lot of shit, it leads to this moment of chaos and rebellion as it is an intense film that really meant a lot of those who grew up during the 1980s who were angry over the world of Ronald Reagan.
From Xavier Dolan comes one of the best films of the 21st Century so far as it is about a young teenager who has ADHD as he has trouble trying to be normal as he’s angry, destructive, and unpredictable as his mother seeks the help of a neighbor in trying to help him. It’s an unconventional drama that is set in a world that features a fictional law that relate to troubled children where they have to be sent to hospitals if they become unruly or harm their parent. It’s really a character study in which a woman is eager to hope for the best for her son with the help of this insecure schoolteacher as the three become this unlikely family dynamic that wouldn’t last for long. It is a film with an unconventional presentation that definitely works as it would play into the evolution of these characters and the situations they’re in as it is a crowning achievement for Xavier Dolan.
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