Take it from the Criterion Collection: growing up isn’t easy. In this week’s free festival of our films on Hulu, we have a selection of great coming-of-age tales from around the world, both documentary and fiction. They include Robert Bresson’s Mouchette, Maurice Pialat’s L’enfance nue, Carlos Saura’s Cría cuervos, Víctor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive, Jean-Pierre Gorin’s Poto and Cabengo, Louis Malle’s Au revoir les enfants, Vittorio De Sica’s The Children Are Watching Us, Yasujiro Ozu’s I Was Born, But . . ., and the French-Canadian drama Emporte-moi, directed by Léa Pool (unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray, it concerns a teenage girl struggling with her sexuality, who becomes obsessed with Anna Karina after seeing Vivre sa vie).
And what better time to acquaint yourself with another Canadian filmmaker, Allan King? For his remarkable, award-winning documentary Warrendale, King was a fly on the wall of an unorthodox home for emotionally disturbed young people. It’s a devastating, and occasionally a humorous, experience. Check it out below or at Hulu, and you’ll be hooked. All these films are free this week, but remember that if you sign up for Hulu Plus, for $7.99 a month you’ll be able to watch hundreds more Criterion movies.