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Issue: Winter 2015

Girlhood aka Bande des Filles (2014) movie review

Girls in the (French) Hood

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Movie poster, Girlhood

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier. (source: IMDb)

There are massive hives of the struggling masses all around the world. They compress hopelessness, despair, brutality and rebellion into blocks of humankind. For teenagers they are harsh places in which to discover themselves.

For Vic the film begins with her having to face the fact that she does not qualify for the further education she desires. She is being left behind by her school friends, destined for the life and work of her mother.

And then she discovers Lady and her female gang, and there she discovers new behaviours and camaraderie.

And, of course, there is a boy.

Girlhood is a oftentimes harsh story, a coming-of-age tale told through a lens darkly.

Vic moves through the film with little self-determination. She doesn't inspire the audience. She is neither likeable nor not. In this occasionally disjointed film, she drifts without goals and leaves us strangely unengaged. But perhaps this is the best way to portray her. We watch without involvement a world that is inhabited by a girl, uninvolved.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 13 Aug 2015
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Title: Girlhood (2015)
Written by: Céline Sciamma
Directed by: Céline Sciamma
Running time: 113 mins

The Players: Assa Sylla, Karidja Toure

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