Superlative, brilliantly written film with not an iota of judgement or mawkish sentimentality, just truthful characters and an environmental that feels vivid. |, October 23, 2019 In this working-class setting, Sciamma conveys with naturalistic immediacy, it's their gender that renders them second-class citizens. The movie captures that heady adolescent sense of time stopping and the moment mattering while standing far enough back to let us acknowledge all the pitfalls Marieme is moving too fast to see. "Gilrhood" is an astute character study. Once it is dissipated into actual sex – bringing in its train domesticity, affection, pregnancy – something vital is lost. Cline Sciamma's girl-gang movie is a disarming affair, a long way removed from the macho posturing of other French films set in the Banlieue, such as La Haine. By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. Coming Soon. and the Terms and Policies, The title cashes in on the popularity of Linklater's Boyhood, but the original French title, Bande de filles, means something more like Gang of Girls. 7 /10. Shanae has accumulated an astonishing amount of trauma within her short life. Gang life teaches her to use other people's fear against them, to be the aggressor rather than the victim. Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. |. En route, Marieme (now nicknamed “Vic” – a sly reference to Sophie Marceau’s character in La Boum) redefines herself, adopting boyish duds, binding her breasts, taking the lead in her on-off relationship with Ismaël (Idrissa Diabaté), moving towards a “room of one’s own” finale that can be read as either isolating or affirmative – probably both. |, August 6, 2019 Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service. | Rating: 4/4 It’s not so much a coming-of-age drama, more a protracted and explosively painful identity crisis, riffing on the themes of sexuality and solidarity that Sciamma had explored in previous dramas such as Tomboy (2011) and Water Lilies (2007). For this gang, imagine the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies from Grease are combined into one. Yet watching Girlhood, you never get the sense that it is being driven by any sociopolitical objective. Yet for all its convincing conversation, much of what is spoken is physical rather than verbal, the story unfolding through gesture, rhythm and on more than one occasion dance. But that’s it for the term, the year, and possibly even their lives, as the summer stretches blankly ahead. Dropping out of class, she turns to petty crime, meeting society’s barely veiled expectations head-on, giving as good as she gets. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer. They do a four-abreast walk through a Paris mall, a badass all-black version of Sex and the City, intimidating timid shop assistants with their all-too-candid intention to shoplift. Having established her tough-but-tender tone through this economical symphony of motion and emotion, Sciamma continues to play key scenes in a similar register, not least a magnificent sequence during which the gang dance in stolen dresses to Rihanna’s Diamonds, security tags swaying to the familiar beat. Sciamma's latest is an adrenaline shot of socially aware filmmaking that's an invigorating and perspicacious exploration of adolescence. In her previous features, Water Lilies and Tomboy, Sciamma focused on young characters in states of transition and discovery. Was this review helpful? [Céline] Sciamma is at her best when the girls are alone together and also as in her earlier films when her characters seem to be exploring their sexual orientation and gender expression. The performances are electric. Coming Soon. With its street-smart casting (drama and theatre schools were “nearly all white”, says Sciamma, who auditioned non-professionals recruited from malls and train stations), Girlhood speaks the language of its characters with wit, fluency and insight. |, May 7, 2015 Plus, there is the issue of her abusive older brother Djibril(Cyril Mendy) at home. Of course, gang life is not an end in itself. At 10, she suffered a hideous gang-rape; alcohol and drug abuse followed; then she murdered a friend. 14 out of 19 found this helpful. This is altogether brighter but no less authentic, the bold lines of Crystel Fournier’s crisp, clean ’scope cinematography standing in marked contrast to the murky palettes that have come to define life on the outskirts of Paris’s fashionable hub. Available for everyone, funded by readers. |, November 8, 2018 © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Here is where the girls can be themselves: powerful, physical, uninhibited and unashamed. Shelves: contemporary, young-adult, death, mystery, netgalley-edelweiss, read-2017, r2r-read, read-with-abbie (I received a digital copy of this book for free. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. [Cline Sciamma's] third film, Girlhood, confirms her as quite simply one of the best directors of her generation.
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