Rumble Fish ★★★★

Rourke's gentle whisper and the way Dillon listens to nothing but his voice is one of the most striking display of familial love and understanding I've seen in cinema so far, at least. This is essentially a coming-of-age story, but it's completely devoid of any clichés or didacticism, because it understands that growing up isn't living through a particular set of events that make you realize that the world is rough; growing up is aimlessly searching for your true self.

Also, Coppola is no hack and he shoots and lights this for black and white, which is a lost art nowadays, when people think that just slapping a filter on their films will give them some kind of artistic credibility.

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