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7.9
/10
1,937 Ratings

Girlhood

Bande de filles

Directed by Céline Sciamma
France, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

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 three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that it will be a way to freedom.

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Girlhood Directed by Céline Sciamma
This is a picture I saw more or less cold, at EbertFest, and it just floored me. Not just in its commitment to its characters and its setting, but in its cinematic fluidity.
December 18, 2015
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Sciamma achieves an almost-impossible feat: eschewing the flat “realism” of the genre, she delves into the mixture of violence, silliness and oneirism of the charmed, yet dangerous, world inhabited by these African princesses fallen to the concrete from an ancient paradise.
March 14, 2015
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If there’s a teenage girl in your life — of any race, whether sister, cousin, daughter, friend, whomever — you would be wise to show her this film. If there’s a black teenage girl in your life? You would be mistaken, you would be borderline negligent, not to show her this film. It’s rare that I use the word, but Girlhood is an important work of art.
January 30, 2015
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