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Girlhood (M)

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‘✭✭✭✭✭ Honest, empowering and electrifying. Bravo!’ – The Guardian

‘Unmissable.’ – The Thousands

‘✭✭✭✭  A coming-of-age classic that will ring true wherever you are from.’ – The Telegraph

‘✭✭✭✭ Very fine. Touré’s performance is quite remarkable.’ – David Stratton, The Australian

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“Vic as in victory.”

Girlhood gives a face to a demographic rarely allowed to lead the narrative in cinema. It follows Marieme, a 16-year-old African-French girl living in the poor outer suburbs of Paris. She struggles at school, her mother is always at work, and her domineering brother is constantly bossing her around. One day, she meets Lady, Fily and Adiatou, a gang of brash and vivacious girls who invite Marieme to hang out in the city with them. The friends quickly grow quite close and Marieme adapts her style to match theirs – gold chains, straight hair, and leather jackets. She even changes her name to Vic, to fully complete the transformation. But the fighting, drinking, drugs and stealing that come hand in hand with being in a gang with the other girls soon start to take a toll.

Why should you see this film?

Director Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Water Lilies) chose to focus on friendship, sorority and the special bond formed between girls for this, her latest coming-of-age film. She was inspired by the gangs of girls she saw hanging around Paris, and particularly wanted to provide an opportunity for black actresses to get work in the French film industry – there are so little roles for them otherwise. Energetic, stunningly shot and with a euphoric soundtrack (Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ is a highlight), Girlhood’s praises are being sung by critics everywhere, and rightly so. Who run the world?

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