Céline Sciamma's third feature film is an intriguing and moving examination of a young black woman's transition from puberty to adulthood in one of Paris's banlieues. Her chances of escaping this environment are slim. Employment opportunities are few, and she has problems with relationships and pregnancies. In a natural way, Sciamma shows how family and society can - sometimes unintentionally - hold back young women.
With her girlfriends, Marieme - now calling herself Vic - shops, dances and flirts. We are constantly aware of her strength and vigilance - she's not naive, she knows what's what. Set to the music from Rihanna’s Diamonds, in one beautiful, poignant scene Sciamma shows how we all feel when we do not quite yet have to be an adult and everything seems possible. The frustration of the previous generation of young people growing up in the banlieues, so powerfully presented by Mathieu Kassovitz in La haine in 1995, here makes way for the power of the new.

Original title
Bande de filles
Filmmaker
Céline Sciamma
Country
France
Year
2014
Medium
DCP
Length
112’
Language
French
Producer
Bénédicte Couvreur
Production Company
Hold-Up Films & Productions
Sales
Playtime
Writer
Céline Sciamma
Cinematography
Crystel Fournier
Editor
Julien Lacheray
Production Design
Thomas Grézaud
Sound Design
Pierre André, Daniel Sobrino
Music
Para One
Cast
Assa Sylla, Karidja Toure
Website
http://filmsdistribution.com/Film.aspx?ID=3749