Bande de filles2014 | France | Céline Sciamma | ★★★
Céline Sciamma's well-crafted Girlhood is a tremendously engaging if never entirely convincing slice of black, teenage, Parisian, working class life, featuring an often mesmeric central performance from the remarkable Karidja Touré.
"From the director of Tomboy and Water Lilies comes the critically acclaimed Girlhood, an intimate portrait of female friendship and a compelling coming-of-age story. Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighbourhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom. As she falls further under their gang lifestyle, she begins to make foolish choices that could impact her life forever." Studiocanal