A free way to build your virtual collection, make lists, and share them. It’s your new home on Criterion.com.
Learn More »
Kids being kids, before the slings and arrows of adulthood intrude… too much.
I love the kid with the sign that says "Upset tummy. Please don't feed him anything." One of the best depictions of rascally gangs of boys, and then it turns into a somber examination of class difference.
Rascals revisited... now with TV!
Single dad, one son. Tokkan Kozo, the amazing-faced kid from I Was Born, But…, is great here too.
Ana, take 1. Wondering about death, Frankenstein and the cinematic apparatus.
Ana, a few years older—playing house, still seeing ghosts, and singing along to "Porque te vas."
Dolls, cash, knives, shotguns...
Thanatos shines darkly.
Tied for grisliest film on this list. The onscreen events toe certain representational lines; these are real kids squatting in the island sand, lighting fires, enacting cruelty.
Of a piece with Lord of the Flies in some ways. Actual kids, actual locations, live bird. An "authentic" perspective?
Maybe childhood's purity can transcend brute reality…
How could I forget these two?