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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.


Céline Sciamma


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





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


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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Release Date:

22 October 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Girlhood See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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By Jean-Baptiste de Laubier (as Para One) featuring Frida Sundemo
Written by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, Frida Sundemo, Joel Humlén
Published by Because Editions / Grand Blanc / Barnsongs / Sony ATV Music Publishing / Jacob Schulze Musikproduction / Sony / Atv Music Publishing (Scandanavia) Kb
(p) 2013 PARA ONE EURL
With kind permission of Sony / ATV Music Publishing France.
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Wonderful and real
8 February 2015 | by pivicSee 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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