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Powerfully acted and smartly scripted, Girlhood offers a fresh perspective on familiar cinematic territory.



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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. (C) Strand

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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (23)

  • In her previous features, Water Lilies and Tomboy, Sciamma focused on young characters in states of transition and discovery. Girlhood follows a trajectory of transformation, something that Toure achieves with effortless fluidity.

    Aug 19, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • these gendered rites of passage are a bittersweet triumph.

    May 8, 2015
  • [Céline Sciamma's] third film, Girlhood, confirms her as quite simply one of the best directors of her generation.

    May 7, 2015 | Rating: 5/5

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

    May 7, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Girlhood has a raw emotional urgency and energy.

    May 7, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • From the opening montage of Marieme and other girls playing American football in full uniform, "Girlhood" resonates as something special.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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