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Bande de filles (2014)

Unrated | | Drama | 22 October 2014 (France)
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A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

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Assa Sylla ...
Lindsay Karamoh ...
Mariétou Touré ...
Fily (as Marietou Toure)
Idrissa Diabaté ...
Simina Soumaré ...
Bébé
Dielika Coulibaly ...
Monica
Cyril Mendy ...
Djibril
Djibril Gueye ...
Abou
Binta Diop ...
Asma
Chance N'Guessan ...
Mini
Rabah Nait Oufella ...
Kader
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Cédric
Nina Melo ...
Caidy
Elyes Sabyani ...
Abdel
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Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom. Written by Directors' Fortnight

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You don't have the full story. Until you know hers.

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Girlhood  »

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Actresses were scouted on the streets for the film. See more »

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At the very beginning of the movie, the running girl of the red team wearing number 6 is someone else than our main actress Mariam who appears later wearing number 6 as well. We can see her face clearly once she takes of her helmet when the match is over. See more »

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By Jean-Baptiste de Laubier (as Para One) featuring Frida Sundemo
Written by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, Frida Sundemo, Joel Humlén
Published by Because Editions / Grand Blanc / Barnsongs / Sony ATV Music Publishing / Jacob Schulze Musikproduction / Sony / Atv Music Publishing (Scandanavia) Kb
(p) 2013 PARA ONE EURL
With kind permission of Sony / ATV Music Publishing France.
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Year of the childhoods
22 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

My favourite film of 2014 being Boyhood, I was naturally curious to see 2014's Girlhood. Actually, Girlhood- which comes from France- isn't meant to be the feminine equivalent of Boyhood. It doesn't have the same scope and clearly wasn't filmed over 12 years. It deals with a teenage girl who, failing to graduate to high school, drops out of vocational school to join a gang.

It's not as rough as you would expect for the first half of the film- what we have is an extended view of girls who like clothes, jewelry, singing Diamonds and even miniature golf. It's in the second half when we see a more serious fight (our protagonist, "Vic," uses a knife to remove another girl's bra) and then sex, and insults about being a slut. Instead of the gang being portrayed as a truly destructive force, it's actually more of a sisterhood whose members discourage Vic from descending deeper into criminality.

We certainly see Vic's motivations for joining the gang- she has little future, and is told it's too late for her. Not encouraging. Her home life is rough, too. I can't say I was blown away by Girlhood, but it's a believable drama with a sympathetic protagonist.


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