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Album for the Youth

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In her solo debut feature, director Malena Solarz takes a surprising, gentle, altogether gratifying approach to the coming-of-age genre. Encouraging naturalistic performances from her charming cast and using a rigorously unshowy visual approach, Solarz explores how young people navigate their creative impulses, focusing on Sol and Pedro, who, during summer break after high school graduation, prepare for possible futures as, respectively, a musician and a playwright. 

Drifting through tiny, mundane moments of connection and personal growth, exam preparations, and writing workshops, Album for the Youth eschews predictable narrative beats of revelation; rather than being exalted, the artistic endeavor is treated as a natural part of the human condition. - New Directors/New Films-MoMA

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