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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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... Marieme, alias Vic
Assa Sylla ... Lady
Lindsay Karamoh ... Adiatou
Mariétou Touré ... Fily (as Marietou Toure)
Idrissa Diabaté ... Ismaël
Simina Soumaré ... Bébé
Dielika Coulibaly ... Monica
Cyril Mendy ... Djibril
Djibril Gueye ... Abou
Binta Diop ... Asma
Chance N'Guessan ... Mini
Rabah Nait Oufella ... Kader
... 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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The director was inspired by teenage girls that she would regularly see hanging out in the vicinity of Paris area shopping centers and train stations. Wanting to delve deeper, she sought out their blogs and became fascinated by their esthetics and styles. 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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Spoofed in Les vilains (2016) See more »

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Written by Chieli Minucci, Emanuel Kallins (as Emmanuel Kallins)
editions First Digital Music / ZFC Music - K Musik
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Wonderful and real
8 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film throws the reader into the world of Marieme, a later-teen girl who's parting from her family and finding a new, rambunctious, fun and shoplifting gaggle of friends. She stands her ground. She gives way. She laughs and cries (but rarely the later) and the film is intelligently made.

Every bit of dialogue in the film is believable, and every scene is natural. This is kind of the baseline for every film I would like to see, where that's concerned. And there is so much that makes the characters real, that I cannot begin to unravel the reasons for you; for every time you want Marieme to succeed, live and love, there's an unknown twist that's utterly believable. Prepare for life, before watching this. And still, it's anything but boring, and life in a poor suburb of Paris unfurls to us all. This is a Gift.

I love Céline Sciamma, the director, and this is just another step in a great way for a true film. Go see, and love it.


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