Good news for your weekend: Criterion’s weekly festivals of free films on HuluPlus now start on Fridays. This week’s theme is Growing Pains, and we’re featuring films that prove that coming of age in the movies is never easy, whether in Japan, France, or Scotland, in a comedy or a drama. We also want to tell you about a new promotion we’re offering: 50% off SRP of all DVDs and Blu-ray editions of films in the Hulu festivals. This week, that includes Yasujiro Ozu’s delightful color film Good Morning, about two young Tokyo boys who take a vow of silence; Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher, an intense depiction of a young boy growing up poor in Glasgow; Louis Malle’s semiautobiographical Murmur of the Heart; and Jean Vigo’s surreal classic about a boarding-school rebellion, Zéro de conduite (available in the set The Complete Jean Vigo). Just enter the code GROWUP at checkout to get the discount on these titles.
We also like to offer in each festival a film that’s never been available on DVD or Blu-ray in the U.S. This week, it’s Boyhood by Keisuke Kinoshita (Twenty-four Eyes), a lyrical and heartrending World War II–set tale about an adolescent boy’s butting heads with his antiwar-leaning father, after being trained in the ways of patriotism by a militaristic teacher. It’s one of hundreds of films now playing on Criterion’s Hulu channel that have never been on disc in America. To see them all, sign up for HuluPlus for a monthly fee of just $7.99. And watch Boyhood below, or at Hulu, in its entirety.