In what's already been a great year for coming-of-age films ("Boyhood" and "Wetlands" were great for very different reasons), you can add Brazil's "The Way He Looks" to that list.

In what's already been a great year for coming-of-age films ("Boyhood" and "Wetlands" were great for very different reasons), you can add Brazil's "The Way He Looks" to that list.

Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo) is a typical teenager struggling to establish his independence from his loving (if a little overbearing) parents. He's also blind.

He's the subject of a fair amount of bullying at his school, but he's got a great friend in Giovanna (Tess Amorim).

A new student named Gabriel (Fabio Audi) becomes a welcome third party to this friendship. Then, as they tend to do in the teenage years, feelings get involved.

Brazilian writer-director Daniel Ribeiro has expanded a 2010 short film into a feature that's racked up LGBTQ film honors, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it in the foreign language Oscar race.

What makes "The Way He Looks" so resonant is its ability to turn an eye on the emotional storms of adolescence without resorting to melodrama, which would be easy enough to do in a story about a blind boy's emerging sexuality.

The whole thing is infused with such a sweetness, it's difficult not to get caught up in Leonardo's increasingly complex life as he balances friendships with attractions.

The young cast is uniformly excellent, making this my top recommendation this week.