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Girlhood (2014)

Bande de filles (original title)
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)
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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 ... Kader
Damien Chapelle ... Cédric
Nina Melo Nina Melo ... Caidy
Elyes Sabyani Elyes Sabyani ... Abdel
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,667, 1 February 2015

Gross USA:

$60,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,862,990
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The most daunting task for the film was to obtain the rights to the Rihanna song DIAMONDS. She gave them the authorization once she had seen the sequence dedicated to the song. 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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Soundtracks

Wop (Official Version)
Written by J. Dash (as J. Johnson) BMI
Produced & performed by J. Dash (as Jameyel "J. Dash" Johnson)
Programming & Engineering by Matthew Wiese
Recorded & Mixed at Puzzle Smart Studios: Jacksonville, FL
Mastered at Sterling Sound: New York, NY
(p) & © 2010 StereoFame
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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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