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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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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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Spoofed in Les vilains (2016) See more »

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editions ZFC Music - K Music
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Not to be confused with "Boyhood"
13 March 2016 | by See 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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