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Céline Sciamma’s 2014 feature is a raucous but nuanced look at a group of free-spirited Black teen girls coming of age in the banlieues of Paris.
“A major step forward that marks Sciamma as a singular talent…. Where many filmmakers would have underlined the bleaker, harsher aspects, Girlhood presents [its] characters’ grim reality without surrendering its lightness of touch, its compassion, or its hope.” –The Hollywood Reporter
A raw, raucous, yet tender study of a group of Black high-school students living in Paris’s hardscrabble inner suburbs, the third feature from Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) centres on Marieme (Karidja Touré), a shy 16-year-old who falls in with a crew of three tough-talking girls after her low grades prevent her from continuing her studies. In the face of peer pressure and the need to continually push the limits, Marieme finds herself navigating dangerous waters, but she soon finds a way to empower herself and assert her own voice.
Content advisories: violence, sexual content, coarse language