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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.

Director:

Céline Sciamma

Writer:

Céline Sciamma (screenplay)
11 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 October 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Girlhood See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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Dream Shopping
Written by Chieli Minucci, Emanuel Kallins (as Emmanuel Kallins)
editions First Digital Music / ZFC Music - K Musik
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Not to be confused with "Boyhood"
13 March 2016 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

In 2014, two films with similar titles were released: "Boyhood" and "Girlhood". But they were very different. The first was an American movie, shot over 12 years, with an all- white cast. The second was a French work with a narrative of a few months and a cast almost wholly black.

"Girlhood" - which was called "Bande De Filles" in the original French - tells the story of 16 year old Marieme (a remarkable showing by young Karidja Touré) who joins a gang of three other girls in an effort to find some status, only to discover that this is not the life she seeks. Like "Boyhood", there is no real resolution but simply a coming of age. Céline Sciamma - herself white - both wrote and directed this original view of what it means to be young, uneducated and black in France.


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