The Coming-of-Age Movie That Broke the Mold

The Coming-of-Age Movie That Broke the Mold

Take a look at the lineup at the Sundance Film Festival each year and it’s possible one out of every three films you read about will be a coming-of-age story. It’s a venerable genre for a reason, and an especially appealing one for the kind of up-and-coming filmmakers who arrive at Sundance; after all, when you’re just starting your career, a coming-of-age story is the one you probably know how to tell best. But few coming-of-age Sundance movies look, sound, or feel like Pariah, the 2011 film from Dee Rees based on her own short film, and closely based on her own life. The film follows New York teenager Alike (Adepero Oduye), who is at a lesbian club in the opening scene but still isn’t out to her classmates, her …
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