Review: Cocoon (Kokon) Film – Out in UK Cinemas & On Demand – Friday 11th December 2020
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the term “Coming of Age Film” I assume I know what the film is about before I actually see it, you know, the usual, growing up pains that we are all went through in our teenage years or at least familiar seeing portrayed on film, but this film is different, it offers a different perspective on the adolescent worries, also focussing on societal issues in modern day Berlin.
Starring the talented young actress Lena Urzendowsky as Nora and Lena Klenke as her older sister Jule, the film is the story of Nora’s 2018 summer and it is narrated by Nora at certain parts and is set in Berlin, Germany.
Here is the trailer…
Nora, who I thought was brilliantly portrayed by Lena Urzendowsky, was the perfect balance between young naivety but had the street-smarts of what to expect from those around her, she’s a character that is easy to sympathise with and relate to.
Jule, her slightly older sister is busy trying to have fun and fit in with her friends, and catch the eye of David, her crush and although, like any teenage girl she , doesn’t want to be embarrassed by her younger sister, she is also tasked with looking after Nora most of the time, as their mother is, sadly not really interested in the day to day responsibilities of being a mum. Jule does a great job of looking out for Nora, most of the time, although she tries to hide the pain of not having a ‘normal’ mother.
The film is a lovely tale of first love, family and friendship, but also touches on important issues such as abortion and sexual harassment.
We witness Nora come out of her cocoon, which is metaphorically described in various clever ways throughout the film.
I wish we got to see more of their Mother and hear her story, as there are hints to the past that she would do lovely things with the girls, like breed butterfly caterpillars, which we see that Nora still does in their bedroom.
It’s a lovely portrayal of teenage awakening and definitely worth watching – I enjoyed every minute!
Check out the film website to find out how you can download it or which cinemas near you have a screening.
Website: Cocoon Film
Thanks for reading & Enjoy the film!