Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 2 pm – Free
Raw and insistent, bold and brawling, Girlhood is the very-contemporary story of a restless 16-year-old, Marieme, growing up in a poor, concrete neighbourhood on the outskirts of Paris. Desperate to escape her dead-end schooling and slap-happy elder brother, she reinvents herself as the knife-toting “Vic” (for “victoire”) in a mouthy quartet of shoplifting, lunch-money-looting bad girls. As in her earlier films, writer/director Céline Sciamma captures the energy, stern loyalties and harsh rivalries of her protagonists, but always with a light touch and sympathetic eye. Unmissable.
“Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, Girlhood pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
“Even as she stops at familiar stations on the road to maturity — problems at home and school, new friendships and first love — Céline Sciamma revels in the risky, reckless exuberance of adolescence and in the sheer joy of filming it.” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times)
In French with English subtitles
France – 2014 – 112 mins.
Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her
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