Login

Girlhood

Bursting onto the screen in a blast of buzzing power pop, Girlhood from Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy) is marked from the outset by its energetic embrace of the complexity and contradictions of underprivileged, urban teenage life. An (American) football game is in progress, but the players beneath the pads are all female, mostly black, and speak a slangy colloquial French: they are, as the French title has it, a 'Bande de filles', a gang of girls from the same notorious Parisian suburbs that spawned La Haine. Choosing to locate her story in these drab, socio-economically depressed surroundings and to tell it through the eyes of a young black girl is not only a departure for Sciamma, whose previously equally well-observed coming-of-age tales have played out in mostly white middle class settings, but a risk, and yet it pays off in absolutely triumphant fashion. Girlhood is a fascinatingly layered, textured film that manages to be both a lament for sweetness lost and a celebration of wisdom and identity gained, often at the very same moment.  Jessica Kiang, The Playlist This wonderful coming-of-age drama feels particularly relevant to a New Zealand audience. In a stunning, star-making debut performance, Karidja Touré plays Marieme, a troubled teenager from the Paris projects whose sense of self transforms when she falls in with three other girls her own age. I'm not in the best position to assess the authenticity of the film's portrayal of these girls and where they come from, but it felt more real than any other teenager-centric film I think I've ever seen.  Dominic Corry, NZ Herald

Year: 2014
Genre: Drama, French Cinema, Film Festivals 2015
Country: France
Director: Celine Sciamma
Starring: Marietou Toure, Karidja Toure, Lindsay Karam, Assa Sylla
Duration: 108 Minutes
Rating: M - Drug use and offensive language.
Subtitles: Yes
6.9/10
Location in store: Foreign (France)

AVAILABILITY

DVD out - ADD TO YOUR QUEUE

Permanent Collection

For in-store pickup reservations please call 03 3650 615

ALICE ALSO SUGGESTS:

Tomboy (2011)

Critically acclaimed French drama about a 10-year-old girl who assumes a male identity to fit in whe...

In Bloom (2013)

Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind...

Love at First Fight (2014)

Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one in his d...

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Can there be any doubt by now that Richard Linklater is Americas most relaxed and quietly ambitious...

Mustang (2015)

While it begins in a burst of lyrical exuberance with schoolchildren frolicking in surf, this knocko...