Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.
Society tends to focus more on boys' transition into manhood; after all, where's the 90s band 'Girls 2 Women'? This modern collection of movies explores young women maturing under hardship, love, and the hands of caring mentors.
Check out these poignant stories of transgendered individuals fighting to assert their true identity in a society who can't, or won't, understand. Make sure to give 'Tomboy' a watch for a compelling coming-of-age drama.
Modern independent dramas portraying the tumultuous transitions of adolescents into slightly older adolescents. Make sure to check out 'I Believe in Unicorns' for a great new film from director Leah Meyerhoff, depicting an imaginative teenage girl's attempt to grapple with the premature onset of adulthood's responsibilities.
While Hitchcock and co. may have established the director archetype as a cigar smoking, control-freak alpha, the fact remains female directors have consistently contributed masterpieces to the canon throughout the 20th and 21st century. Enjoy the best of the saner sex's contributions to filmic history.
Here it is, FilmFish's definitive collection of the greatest LGBT dramas of all time from all over the World including "Stranger by the Lake", "My Beautiful Laundrette" and the film recently voted the British Film Institute's Best LGBT Film of All Time; "Carol"