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Girlhood (2014)

Bande de filles (original title)
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.

Director:

Céline Sciamma

Writer:

Céline Sciamma (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karidja Touré ... Marieme, alias Vic
Assa Sylla Assa Sylla ... Lady
Lindsay Karamoh Lindsay Karamoh ... Adiatou
Mariétou Touré Mariétou Touré ... Fily (as Marietou Toure)
Idrissa Diabaté Idrissa Diabaté ... Ismaël
Simina Soumaré Simina Soumaré ... Bébé
Dielika Coulibaly Dielika Coulibaly ... Monica
Cyril Mendy Cyril Mendy ... Djibril
Djibril Gueye Djibril Gueye ... Abou
Binta Diop Binta Diop ... Asma
Chance N'Guessan Chance N'Guessan ... Mini
Rabah Nait Oufella ... Kader
Damien Chapelle ... Cédric
Nina Melo Nina Melo ... Caidy
Elyes Sabyani 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 October 2014 (France) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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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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Likely to be one of the year's best
14 June 2015 | by jjustinjaegerSee all my reviews

I like films like this one. They have purpose, relevance, and seek to connect us with lives we have not lived but can empathize with.

It's easy to see these characters as punks until it becomes difficult to. Writer/director Céline Sciamma makes no effort to judge the actions of the characters and thereby gracefully detaches her ego from the story. This makes for a film watching experience that is more absorption than hard analysis and intellectualization of this protagonist's life. This does not make it any less a provocative work, but allows for understanding we would not get otherwise, as with a camera less subtle.

Yes, it's a coming of age film, but without the climactic moment when the character comes- of-age (whatever that means). Instead the film is about comings and goings of identity and security, and why a person would seek these things.

It's socially relevant in the way it poses the character's environment and socioeconomic influences as factors to her motivations. We get a true sense of her circumstance. It explores low income, predominantly black areas of society untouched by most films. The attention it gives to people of this circumstance and the understanding it promotes is certainly a means to social change if only these sorts of films could reach more people.

Much attention is payed to bodies, skin, and faces, which the lighting often compliments. This is the source of the film's power rather than extraneous camera movement. The fascination here is intriguing as it's not out of lust but… well maybe it's just about the fascination. We are sensitive towards our physiques and appearances, and the camera shares this, only the bodies it shows are not just the characters' bodies but the actors' bodies. Bodies are a source for both power and insecurity to the characters. I don't feel the need to analyze this, only to comment, so I won't say any more.

While Girlhood won't be in everyone's movie watching range, it's definitely worth seeking out if you're inclined.


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