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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

French film offers bleak, affecting look at troubled teen.

Movie NR 2015 112 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

A film that captures girl teen hood without hesitation and with dignity

A film that wraps itself around your memories of youth and desire to be free and doesn't let go. It hangs on to every girlhood desire and reminds us how we wanted to be our full selves with joy and company and how that seems to be fleeting and many times impossible under the current societal strains. I mourned for my 13 year old that knew what her spirit wanted and that society did not make any room for. A beautiful film that ends facing the future...sola.

Is It Any Good?

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With GIRLHOOD, director Celine Sciamma delivers a tour-de-force movie that will haunt you for ages. Not only are the performances (led by Toure's) incredibly moving, but the story itself, told in a stripped manner devoid of the annoying overproduction that plagues plenty of other movies, lays bare what happens when someone so young sees doors close to her before she has even begun to discover her potential. That Toure isn't a seasoned actress is both surprising and totally believable; her Marieme is authentic because the role, as Toure defines her, isn't overwrought or polished. She's simply true. Prepare to have your hopes frustrated and your heart broken.

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