Growing Pains

Growing Pains

5 Episodes

Your childhood may have been rough, but it could have been so much worse . . .

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Growing Pains
  • The 400 Blows

    Episode 1

    Directed by François Truffaut • 1959 • France

    François Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, unsentimentally...

  • The Children Are Watching Us

    Episode 2

    Directed by Vittorio De Sica • 1944 • Italy

    A very early Vittorio de Sica effort, The Children are Watching Us was originally released in Italy as I bambini ci guardano. Director De Sica collaborated with another neorealist pioneer Cesar Zavattini on the screenplay. The film, a morbid melodram...

  • Young Törless

    Episode 3

    Directed by Volker Schlöndorff • 1966 • France, West Germany

    At an Austrian boys' boarding school in the early 1900s, shy, intelligent Törless observes the sadistic behavior of his fellow students, doing nothing to help a victimized classmate, until the torture goes too far. Adapted from Rober...

  • Warrendale

    Episode 4

    Directed by Allan King • 1967 • Canada

    For his enthralling first feature, Allan King took his cameras to a home for emotionally disturbed young people. Situated inside the facility like a fly on the wall, we witness the full spectrum of emotions displayed by twelve fascinating children and the...

  • Sweetie
    Episode 5


    Episode 5

    Directed by Jane Campion • 1989 • New Zealand

    Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion will always be remembered for her stunning debut feature SWEETIE, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, dev...