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Old 08-20-2011, 09:02 AM   #21
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When I think about "Coming of Age", I think: Children suddenly maturing due to events in the story.
Exactly (as I understood the question).

Even though The Deer Hunter was released ten years after the events portrayed, it represented my life, during that period of time.

I was raised in a mill town, in PA. I served in Nam. I was married in a local church (after I returned) and had our reception in the local Moose Hall; no country club for us (and yes, the "ladies" - women who were handy with a stove did provide a lot of the treats for the meal) and it was quite like the reception portrayed in the film. Heck, years later I even retired from the company showed on the cap logo that De Niro wore (yes, it was "product placement", but I look better than De Niro in a similar hat .)

Movies reflecting of another time such as "The Big Chill" did not resonate with me nor made much of an impression. I'm sure it did with a lot of folks on this board, but it reflected a reality (both in period and past references) that was much different than the life I led, growing up.

Like the characters in The Deer Hunter, I came from a lower-class crowd. My father/FIL were staunch supporters of the efforts of Nam at the time, since they both were WWII vets (FIL served in the BB) and staunch union folks.

However, like another movie - and character portrayed in "Born On the 4th Of July" (based upon the true story of Ron Kovic) who also had the same early allegiance to the effort in Nam, but came to learn the truth of that FUBAR effort and became a powerful voice of opposition, once I arrived in-country I also quickly changed my mind about the effort.

A movie may not change your life, but it can be a reminder of what you went through at an early age. It just shows that regardless of your experiences, there are others who went (good or bad) through the same thing, at the same time of life as you may have. It dosen't have to change your future but it can also be a strong reminder of your past. Heck, the experience portrayed in the film (either good or bad) made you the person you are today...
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:15 AM   #22
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When I think about "Coming of Age", I think: Children suddenly maturing due to events in the story.
Good point. Given this, I'd choose To Kill A Mockingbird

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A movie may not change your life, but it can be a reminder of what you went through at an early age. (...) It dosen't have to change your future but it can also be a strong reminder of your past.
Totally agree.
In my case it was "The Graduate". And for other reasons which I won't get into, "Enter the Dragon" (I know this sounds weird ! )
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