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Girlhood

Drama


 

A disenfranchised teenager who lives in a housing estate in Paris befriends three young women.

The director has employed realism in following one woman's day-to-day life. The central character is marginalised by virtue of her gender, colour, age and impoverished existence. Joining a gang provides belonging. While the filmmaking approach is bold, it's also uncomfortably raw, relying on incidental dialogue and minimal narrative structure. The cost to the audience is coherency. There are a couple of standout scenes but insufficient to save the viewing time from seeming interminable. Girl without a cause.

Anne Murphy

Limited Release 13th August 2015
Palace Films 113 mins