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.
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A beautiful, multi-layered portrait of youth and the search for identity in a world of contrasting and contradictory ideals. The performances are wonderfully nuanced and each character is given a fully-fleshed identity. The only detractor would be the repetitive chapter edit which in the first half feels bright and lively but towards the end feels mechanistic. 4 stars
TIFF '14 Sciamma has made her best to date with this genuine and affecting film concerning the coming of age of a young black girl in modern France. The relationships and events feel authentic and raw and the full empathy of the watcher is equally genuine. The sequence set to Rianna's 'Diamonds' may well be the scene of the year. Performances are dynamite especially the debut turn by lead Karidja Toure.
Big girls don't cry, so suck it up and walk back into the frame looking hard.. Deakins-like photography saturates each moment with deep reflection. A genuine and contemplative look at young life.
84/100 - Great
Just like Marieme, what most of us want the most as teenagers is to feel that we belong, to have people that make us feel valued and confident. But unlike most of us, she has to learn in the hardest way that, while you may feel comfortable being part of a rugby team, a gang, a family, a couple or even a band of drug dealers, when you're facing the most crucial challenges in your life, you face them alone.