• There’s no easy way to avoid the pains of growing up, whether you spend your childhood on the rough streets of 1970s Glasgow or in the isolated forests of rural France. But the heartache of youth can inspire poignant works of art, and it’s these memorable coming-of-age tales that we’re highlighting in Growing Pains, this week’s free festival on Hulu. Featuring films from some of cinema’s most treasured directors, with incredible performances from they’re young stars, the selection includes: Jean Vigo’s Zéro de conduite, Yasujiro Ozu’s Good Morning, Allan King’s Warrendale, Robert Bresson’s Mouchette, Maurice Pialat’s L'enfance nue, Louis Malle’s Au revoir les enfants, and Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher.

    On the heels of these fascinating titles, we’re also pleased to share Keisuke Kinoshita’s rare 1951 film Boyhood. Here, the acclaimed Japanese director (remembered for such midcentury achievements as Twenty-Four Eyes and Army), explores a teenage boy’s experience growing up in Tokyo amid the dangers of World War II. When his parents and siblings flee their home for a country refuge, the young man must decide whether to follow his family or stay behind and maintain, alone, the city existence he has always known. Although Boyhood is not available on disc, you can watch it above or at Hulu, and remember, if you subscribe to Hulu for just $7.99 a month, you can see more than 900 Criterion films commercial-free, anytime.

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