This warm-hearted biography of Astrid Lindgren is less about the making-of-a-writer than the formation of the woman who would become the prolific writer of beloved children’s books.
There’s nothing preachy about Jinn, even though Nijla Mu’min’s elegant debut feature is about a teenager coming to terms with her mother’s newly embraced religion.
Movies presenting formational events chronicled in affectionate teenage nostalgia like Age of Summer require innocence, and transplanted Midwesterner Doug Mills (Percy Hynes White), nicknamed Minnesota, is as naive as he is eager.
Focusing on Billy’s vulnerability as much as his flamboyance (Alex Lawther handles both with aplomb), Trudie Styler charts his hard-won maturation with sobering insights into his warring parents and fellow students cowed into obedience.
The coming-of-age movie is the go-to genre for directors in their twenties and thirties still feeling the reverberations of those excitable years. But an octogenarian? Terry Sanders embraces naïve wisdom in the wispy drama Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey.