Goodbye First Love (2012) Mia Hansen-Love
Young, first love is so often romanticized that it was a nice change of pace to see it be portrayed as debilitating and painful, with the young girl being emotionally manipulated by her older boyfriend. Tough to anyone whose experienced the woes of all consuming first love, the film is a gorgeously filmed and emotionally wrought coming of age film. Also, Eden came out last year and is just as excellent and worth the watch.
Paris is Burning (1990) Jennie Livingston
Powerful documentary filmmaking at it’s finest about a topic that is equal parts emotional as it is insightful.
Mustang (2015) Deniz Gamze Erguven
I cannot say enough good things about this film. Portraying sister relationships with pitch perfect accuracy and a third act that is astonishingly evocative, the film isn’t just my favorite of 2015 but also one of the best of the last few years.
Lost in Translation (2003) Sofia Coppola
She may not be to everyone’s taste but Lost in Translation so beautifully captures loneliness and the odd connections that can generate between strangers.