Our Firsts in Film

Here is a list of films that will let you remember a lot of firsts — kiss, love, sex — and of course, the many, many mistakes that followed after.

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)


Refreshing, honest, bold, and unconventional, this film adaptation of the best selling novel by Phoebe Gloeckner tackles female sexuality without judgement.

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Electrick Children (2012)


Chastity, pick-up trucks, and an immaculate conception through a tape recorder, “Electrick Children” presents an eerie version of the typical coming-of-age story.

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Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There) (2012)


Much like its protagonist, “Ang Nawawala” is quietly complex and painfully sweet. The story follows a 20-year-old boy with selective mutism and a difficult past, trying to find solace in music, friends, and a girl.

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Turn Me On, Dammit (2011)


Exploring the burgeoning sexuality of a teenage girl, “Turn Me On, Dammit” is a quirky story about 15 year old Alma and her out-of-control hormones and fantasies.

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Submarine (2010)


Witty and hilarious, “Submarine” is filled with adolescent truth and the tender agony and awkwardness of a failed first love.

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Never Let Me Go (2010)


This haunting and melancholic adaptation of the Kazuo Ishiguro best seller tells the story of 3 childhood friends struggling to accept the truth of their fate.

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Norwegian Wood (2010)

An adaptation of the best selling novel by Haruki Murakami, “Norwegian Wood” captures grief, sadness, and a lasting death while exploring young love and a choice between the past and the present.

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Rushmore (1998)


A comedy with a menacing edge and off-kilter performances by Josh Schwartzman and Bill Murray, this Wes Anderson classic promises to satisfy your cult cravings.

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Fat Girl (A Ma Soeur) (2001)

“Fat Girl” is a harsh, controversial, and powerful take on female adolescence and sexuality.

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Towelhead (2007)

Alan Ball makes his directorial debut with this screen adaptation of the controversial novel by Alicia Erian. “Towelhead” depicts politics, race, and sexual awakening in the most challenging way.

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