To be young is to be foolish and make mistakes—hopefully none of them fatal. It’s also a time for trying on different guises and carving out a place in the world. Most of all it’s a time of crazy impulses, mad love affairs, and grandiose dreams. To be young is to be the main character of a great and powerful drama titled, My Life.
Hollywood has always been attracted to youth as a subject matter. From the flapper movies of the roaring 20s, to the rock and roll movies of the 50s, to the rebellious cinema of the 60s, Hollywood has defined and redefined what it means to be young.
Recently, I sampled a bunch of movies that are streaming on Netflix. Out of a dozen films I have chosen three—all indie, low-budget productions—that skillfully explore the vagaries of youth with visual verve and sharp psychological insights.