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17 Girls -- A drama centered around seventeen teenage schoolmates who decide to become pregnant at the same time.

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21 September 2012 (USA) See more »
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When Camille accidentally becomes pregnant, 16 of her friends and classmates decide to follow suit, throwing their town and school into chaos. | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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The true-to-life vapidness of a group of teens See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Louise Grinberg ... Camille
Juliette Darche ... Julia

Roxane Duran ... Florence
Esther Garrel ... Flavie

Yara Pilartz ... Clémentine
Solène Rigot ... Mathilde

Noémie Lvovsky ... L'infirmière scolaire
Florence Thomassin ... La mère de Camille
Carlo Brandt ... Le proviseur
Frédéric Noaille ... Florian
Arthur Verret ... Tom
Philippine Raude Toulliou ... Philippine
Sharleen Le Mero Pietruszka ... Sharleen
Charlotte Alonso ... Charlotte
Julia Ballester ... Julia
Manon Denis ... Manon
Clémence Thibault ... Clémence
Violaine Hayano ... Violaine
Eva Kermorvant ... Eva
Jeanne Pellan ... Jeanne
Pauline Gibert ... Pauline, la gothe
Caroline Darchen ... La prof d'EPS
Pierre Devérines ... Le prof de Physique
Lionel Gonzalez ... Le prof de maths
Antoine Cegarra ... Le prof de français
Benoît Carré ... Le prof de philo
Léo-Antonin Lutinier ... Le prof de sport
Eric Charon ... Le prof d'histoire
Joëlle Coulin ... La prof féministe
Malou Lucas ... Une prof
Samuel Achache ... Le pion
Jocelyne Desverchère ... La mère de Clémentine
Luc-Antoine Diquéro ... Le père de Clémentine
Lucia Sanchez ... La prof d'aquagym
Antoine Maho ... Le copain de Clémentine
Puerre Pfauwadel ... Stan
Marie-Louise Riou ... La pharmacienne
Raphaël Poli ... Le photographe
Ludovic Le Lez ... Le parent d'élève énervé
Sandrine Bodenes ... Parent d'élève (as Sandrine Bodénes)
Erika Vandelet ... Parent d'élève
Jean Le Scouarnec ... Parent d'élève
Gérard Lucas ... Parent d'élève
Micheline Benatar ... Médecin scolaire
Serge Moati ... Journaliste TV
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Directed by
Delphine Coulin 
Muriel Coulin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Delphine Coulin 
Muriel Coulin 

Produced by
André Bouvard .... line producer
Denis Freyd .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Louis Vialard 
 
Film Editing by
Guy Lecorne 
 
Casting by
Agathe Hassenforder 
Alexandre Nazarian 
 
Production Design by
Benoît Pfauwadel 
 
Costume Design by
Dorothée Guiraud 
 
Makeup Department
Sylvie Aid .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michael Ermogeni .... unit production manager
Constance Lefèvre .... assistant unit manager
Jules Raillard .... assistant unit manager
Rodolphe Risse .... post-production supervisor
Fabrice Triquenot .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guillaume Huin .... first assistant director
Lucas Loubaresse .... second assistant director
Aela Vaillant .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Florent Maillot .... property master
 
Sound Department
Leo Banderet .... boom operator
Sandie Bompar .... dialogue editor
Julien Bourdeau .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound re-recording mixer
Olivier Mauvezin .... sound
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Antoine Mercier .... boom operator
Vincent Montrobert .... sound editor
Benjamin Viau .... re-recording engineer
 
Visual Effects by
Berengere Dominguez .... visual effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... b camera operator
Loïc Andrieu .... steadicam operator
Aymeric Colas .... steadicam
Aurélien Dubois .... first assistant camera
Vincent Garat .... groupman
Luna Jappain .... second assistant camera
David le Mevel .... electrician
Gilbert Lucido .... key grip
Hélène Martin .... digital imaging technician
Pierre Michaud .... gaffer
Jérôme Prébois .... still photographer
Mickaël Vigot .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Julie David .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Sandie Bompar .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Lise Ariotti .... administratrice de production
Élodie Van Beuren .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Olivier Zuchuat .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"17 filles" - France (original title)
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86 min
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Certification:
Germany:12 | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating on appeal) | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Not Rated
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The true-to-life vapidness of a group of teens, 7 March 2014
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Instantaneously, 17 Girls reminds me of the American film The Bling Ring, which centered around a group of spoiled adolescents growing up in Hollywood that would venture out at night and rob celebrity's homes, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of values. Their plans were more than just rob whomever whenever but sporadic, carefully-planned that would take place when the celebrity was out of town, judging by their Twitter feed and social networking activity.

The film was immediately criticized for being empty, somewhat superficial, and lacking any real depth, and brief searches for the Coulin sisters' (Delphine and Muriel) 17 Girls has warranted similar criticism. Let me reiterate the reason for the emptiness one more time. 17 Girls is based off another unfathomably true story, revolving around a group of teen girls who made a pact to get pregnant around the same time so they could all deliver at he same time and raise their babies together. This kind of act is empty and stupid, and the Coulin sisters make not attempt to disguise the true stupidity of what these girls did. However, they do make an attempt to justify it, and that is when we have a film.

This pact begins when seventeen-year-old Camille (Louise Grinberg) discovers she is pregnant after the condom breaks during sex with her partner. By making the choice to keep the child, despite abortion and adoption being available options, she manages to encourage her friends to also have children and get pregnant. One even resorts to getting impregnated by a twenty-four-year old homeless man.

The reason the girls give to justify their pact is their desire to be loved unconditionally and their hunger for companionship. If one were to look closely at the homelives of these girls, one would see nothing but emptiness and sadness, with no real parental guidance or dependency whatsoever. Their parents are barely around to cook and care for them let alone give them moral guidance or help them along in school or in life. The girls resort to getting pregnant as a means of being the parent they never adequately had growing up.

Make no mistake, these are shallow and narrow-minded girls and the Coulin sisters dually make note of that. The girls choose to go through with a process that is supposed to be wonderful and quite an emotionally-enriching experience and cheapen it to a spur-of-the-moment impulse that effectively robs it of any and all humanity. However, the Coulin sisters bravely try and justify why the girls did, which is the real uphill battle. Out of all the tabloid stories, the Coulin sisters picked one of the toughest to justify and humanize and the result with 17 Girls is remarkable.

I'm somewhat optimistic that one day we'll get a version of "the pregnancy pact" that tries to give an even deeper humanization of the girls involved with the pact. With 17 Girls, we're kind of at arm's length away from the story, never closing in on even one of the girls involved with this pact. However, as stated, the lack of character development only further gives these characters the vapidness they accentuated in real life by doing such an unthinkable act and cheapening what is supposed to be an intimate and massively rewarding experience. I constantly see people (myself included) complaining that movies shortchange their heroes and don't give proper justice to their own character. Here's a film that does perfect justice to its characters and their real-life personalities.

Starring: Louise Grinberg. Directed by: Delphine and Muriel Coulin.

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