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Sweet Romantic Youth

I have seen a few great movies over a number of months. What is common among them? They all tell story about young people. They all evoke romantic view and sweet memory. And they are all wonderful stories that linger in my mind long after the movie ends.

Youth Movies

In A Story of Yonosuke (横道世之介), Yonosuke arrived in Tokyo to attend college. An awkward simpleton is people's first impression. Nevertheless, Yonosuke approach every person and everything with such curiosity and positivity that you cannot help but like him. Shoko unstoppable laughter in their first meeting is unforgettable. Her energy is like a nuclear plant that makes everything glows.

At Middleton is main characters is not youth but an older father and mother accompanying their children on a college tour. College is often a transformative place where young people learn about different ideas and grow mature. During the visit, the parents Edith and George were by accident separated from their children. They embark on a college tour of their own. Together they experience that freshness and excitement once more, rekindling the life that has long become dormant and inhibited. As a middle aged man myself, I feel very touched by events.

Blue is the Warmest Color is about a young lesbian couple. Adèle was still in high school when she first meet the blue haired art student Emma. The film flows along naturally. They become committed and they eventually have to face difficulty in sustaining their relationship. All the time Adèle had undiminished devotion to Emma. I really like the house party scene. Without a word, we sense the mood change and we sense that they have enter a different stage of life. The days of naive young girls has become past memory.

Each film is slightly melancholy yet charming and delightful. I am going to make second or third viewing whenever I have a chance.

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