Grade: A- (high +2 on the Leeper Scale)
Taking off on a tangent, Submarine reminded me of an issue that occurs to me whenever I see a film about tentative romance between young characters (e.g. Gregory's Girl, Garden State, Youth in Revolt; to name several random examples that immediately occur). Namely, that such films are almost always told from the perspective of a male protagonist. While there are rare romances, such as the excellent Before Sunrise (magnificently sequelled, BTW), in which both leads are given equal weight as characters, I can't think of (m)any corresponding coming-of-age films in which a female protagonist is the focus, while the male is more peripheral. For instance, can anyone think of a gender-reversed Gregory's Girl? Alternatively, am I just unable to mind-flip gender in films such that a boy-girl reversal actually appears to me as a different sort of film to that which I identify as male-led romantic coming-of-age? Any ideas?