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Extremely well done overly sexualized story. Avoid.
Let's start with this - I am a parent and I am a huge fan of the French Cinema. Over the years they have proven, that in France they can do really good movies. This one however, while good and with a point, went so much over the edge, that I seriously want this movie to be banned. Let me tell you why.
First of all, I got the wrong impression this is gonna be a reality show, like "Toddlers and Tiaras", because the original Netflix promo graphic was so misleading. No, it is not. It is a full-blown movie, with a generally well told story and a point. Basically it tells the story of a modern-day immigrant Muslim family from Senegal, living in Paris, France. The main character is an eleven-years old girl. The family is poor and the mother is struggling to live in the big city, as the father is absent, also struggling with her personal drama. At some point the girl meets the coolest local girls in her school. All of them - eleven years old and they want to win a dance competition, for which they formed a dance group. Their name - Cuties (original French: Mignones). Their ideals - the modern hip-hop overly sexualized internet celebrities. Basically, we are shown the drama of some of the Cuties - one of them confesses that she is not approved by her own parents, for which she craves the approval (the "likes") of Internet and the audience, when she dance. And one way or another, this is basically the drama of all of them - the Cuties - they crave the approval ("likes") of their audience, because they lack the approval at home. And they are determined to get these likes. The girl does her best to integrate in their company and since they value the good dancers, she becomes a dancer too. Main thing is, she is trapped in between this modern sexualized internet culture and her own Senegalese Muslim culture. In the end she chose to be something in between - her very own version.
Basically the movie is one of these Coming-Out-Of-Age stories, focusing on the girlhood this time. I would say, basically the concept is really really good, but as often, from the concept to the realization there is a gap. Today I have read, that Netflix pushes back the critics backlash with the words that most of us miss the point. Well, this is the reason I decided to watch the entire movie and yes - there is a point in the end, however to get there, the story and especially the visuals (A serious warning here!!!) go so much over the edge of sanity, that I seriously think this movie should be banned. If the director just wanted to make a splash and attract attention with a scandal - there she goes, it happened. But if she really wanted to tell this otherwise nice story, why don't she chose a more mature and elegant visual line to say it? But no, here we go now.
I want to write a very bold line here - THIS MOVIE HAVE EXTREMELY SEXUALIZED VISUALS ! PLEASE ALL PARENTS BE ADVISED !! (No, there are no sex acts, however such were suggested at few points to be about to happen with - again - eleven year old girls, so what I mean are other - both clothing wise and acting wise visuals)
Is this where we are at? Is this where we are going to? Is this what our children are? Is this what our children are going to be ? And JUST AT THE AGE OF ELEVEN ??? Hell no !!
Even just watching this movie is dangerous for younger audiences. Sure, they can watch similar things on internet, but Hell, putting it also as a movie is too much, especially in our homes, as Netflix did.
And yet, can we say something good about this movie? Yes, we can. As I said, the concept is actually good, well told too. I just wish the visuals were put to a mature and acceptable level. Also, I just need to mention the music. Basically there are two types of music in the movie - the modern hip-hop music and Senegalese music. True to be told - the Senegalese music in this movie is really good. It was a honey to my ears to hear it, especially the final credits song - exceptionally good song ! The other good thing I would say is the acting - everybody acted well, at least my opinion. The cameraman was also doing a good job. And that's about it. The director - please do not give this person to direct a movie again.
PS: I just saw trailers for the director past movies and discovered, that actually half of the main story is just a re-iteration of her movie "Mother(s)" ("Maman(s)") 2015. So why re-telling half of the story in a new movie? Was this movie just to show the new super-exaggerated visuals? Makes absolutely no sense to me. Please stop making movies.
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