FNC ’21 Review: ‘Wildhood’ is a tender coming of age tale

No good comes from denying the self. If it seems like a thing easier said than done, that’s because it is. Living in a trailer park with his abusive father and staring down a road or petty crime and everything that follows, Wildhood is the story of a young man who is in so much self-denial that he is dying his hair blond in an effort to distance himself from his indigenous heritage, and that’s before he even begins to examine his sexuality.

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Review: ‘Body and Bones’ charts a painful coming of age story against a Newfoundland backdrop

Body and Bones

We all make mistakes when we are young. That shouldn’t be news to anyone who isn’t a teenager now because we’ve all been teenagers. So many pressures in life feel like the end of the world when you are eighteen, and many can knock your whole world off track.

Tess is an 18-year-old whose whole world has been knocked off track. She lives in a tiny town in Newfoundland, in a house she technically owns as she inherited it when her mother passed away. The only person she has in the world is her mother’s boyfriend, who is moving on with his life and moving them both in with his new girlfriend.

She has become so desperate for some escape from her life that she has become stuck in it until she finds a man in her kitchen one day. The man is Danny, the son of the woman she now shares a home with, and ne’er do well folk singer who ghosted the town twenty years prior.

The attraction that forms is, in a word, problematic. Partly this is due to the age difference, but it’s because Tess latches on to him as the one person who seems to have escaped the life she feels trapped in.

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