Rebecca Thomas picks 5 great coming-of-age movies
FILE - In this publicity still, actors Anne Bancroft, left, and Dustin Hoffman appear in a scene from the 1967 film "The Graduate." (AP Photo, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 15-year-old girl from a fundamentalist Mormon family hears rock music for the first time and miraculously finds she's pregnant in "Electrick Children," the debut feature from writer-director Rebecca Thomas.
It sounds like a fantastical premise — and Thomas' film is filled with beautifully ethereal, dreamlike imagery — but it's also a universally relatable coming-of-age story. Sheltered Rachel (played with a lovely innocence by Julia Garner) flees her Utah compound and drives to Las Vegas, hoping to find the man whose voice on a cassette tape moved her so profoundly. And while she's exposed to a whole new world when she falls in with some musicians and street kids, she never loses her inherent sweetness.
This undated publicity film image released by Phase 4 Films shows Julia Garner, left, as Rachel, in a scene from the film, "Electrick Children." (AP Photo/Phase 4 Films)
Thomas herself was nice enough to choose five of her favorite coming-of-age movies. Here she is, in her own words:
"The Wizard of Oz" (1939): I watched this movie every day growing up. Dorothy has such a dreamy, fantastical adventure down the yellow brick road. It is really only through her kindness in befriending others that she learns to take control of her own destiny. I'm a sucker for the music, the sets, and for the big shift from black and white to Technicolor. I've even tried doing "Dark Side of the Rainbow" (watching "WoO" backward while listening to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album). It still reads as coming-of-age!