Girlhood

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France | 2014 | 112 minutes | Celine Sciamma

February 20 - 26, 2015

Ends Thurs Feb 26 | This raucous yet tender coming-of-age film from Celine Sciamma (Tomboy) follows Marieme, a teenager in the projects of Paris who drops out of school to spend her days with a new group of sassy, volatile friends – and begins to make brave and foolish choices.

Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the "boys' law" in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.


"An empathetic triumph! Raw and insistent, bold and brawling, Girlhood throbs with the global now, illustrating the ways an indifferent society boxes in the people who grow up in project-style boxes." - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

  • Director: Celine Sciamma
  • Principal Cast: Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Toure
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing