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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 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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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 »

Goofs

The jeans which Fily is wearing the day she has to babysit her sisters are heavily ripped on both sides. Later on, after they return from the mini golf field, the right side of her pants is not ripped nearly so much. See more »

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Features FIFA 13 (2012) See more »

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Where To Go
Written by Alec Williams, Chieli Minucci
editions ZFC Music - K Music
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Year of the childhoods
22 May 2015 | by gizmomogwaiSee 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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