BANDE DE FILLES / GIRLHOOD

SYNOPSIS
Girlhood, Céline Sciamma’s third feature, continues to probe what
has been this perceptive writer-director’s abiding interest: female
pubescence and adolescence, the stage when bodies and identities
are still in flux. Set in the impoverished banlieues that ring Paris and
are home to many of its French-African denizens, Girlhood focuses on
Marieme (Karidja Touré), a sixteen-year-old who assumes responsibility
for her two younger sisters while their mother works the night shift; the
teenager must also frequently absorb the wrath of her tyrannical slightly
older brother. School provides no haven from these hardships: Having
already repeated a grade twice, Marieme is told that vocational training
is her only option. Rather than accept this indignity, she falls in with a
triad of tough girls, abandoning her braids for straightened hair, her
hoodie for a leather jacket—and learning the pleasures of raising hell at
malls in Les Halles and impromptu dance-offs on the Métro. Led by the
swaggering Lady (Assa Sylla), this crew—whose members are all played
by charismatic first-time performers—boosts Marieme’s confidence.
“You have to do what you want,” Lady exhorts her; patiently and astutely,
Girlhood follows Marieme as she tries to put this mantra into practice
while being repeatedly reminded of her severely limited options.

“It’s the feminist answer to “Boyhood”, yet it manages to dig deeper… Girlhood is one of
the most exceptional films you’ll see this year. Truly a must-see. Highly recommended!”
—Jeff Nelson, DVD Talk

DIRECTOR
Céline Sciamma
SCREENPLAY
Céline Sciamma

CAST
Lindsay Karamoh
Assa Sylla
Karidja Touré
Marietou Touré

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 112’
PRODUCTION France, 2014
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Strand Releasing