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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)
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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


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:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

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 »


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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"Cinematically surpassing..."
14 July 2015 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

French screenwriter and director Céline Sciamma's third feature film which she wrote, is vocally communicated by non-actors. It premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival in 2014, was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, was shot on locations in France and is a French production which was produced by producer Bénédicte Couvreur. It tells the story about a group of adolescent girls who lives in the suburbs of Paris, France.

Distinctly and precisely directed by French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a distinguishably perspicacious portrayal of a sixteen-year-old sister whom is searching for an education. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions and distinct cinematography by cinematographer Crystel Fournier, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about French youth and ingenious female empowerment which is characterized by the signature of a professional filmmaker, depicts a perceptibly present study of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Jean-Babtiste Laubier.

This authoritatively authentic fictionalization of real life which is set in France in the 21st century and where a human being is introduced to a ten letter word starting with the character f, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, acutely realized frames and the reverent acting performances by Karidja Touré and Assa Sylla. A cinematically surpassing narrative feature which gained, among other awards, the Bronze Horse for Best Film at the 25th Stockholm International Film Festival in 2014.

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