In celebration of Black History Month, we’re making daily movie recommendations, presented in chronological order of the films’ stories.
Stay tuned to Noovie every day as we highlight an original, landmark film worth revisiting or discovering for the first time.
February 24 – Girlhood (2014)
Casting the spotlight on a group rarely depicted in movies, the French drama “Girlhood” from writer-director Céline Sciamma tells the coming-of-age story of 16-year-old African-French teenager Marieme (Karidja Touré), a poor Parisian girl who discovers a newfound power within herself after she begins to associate with a girl gang from her neighborhood.
Beloved by critics and audiences, the film was welcomed at both the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals in 2014, and was nominated for Best Director and Most Promising Actress at the César Awards.
The movie follows teen Marieme as she learns that her grades aren’t good enough for her to advance, and her future will be in vocational school. At the same time, she runs into and is befriended by a trio of girls who are part of a gang led by Lady (Assa Sylla).
Marieme and her new friends strike out on some gritty adventures, fight with other girl gang members, and scrape up money to rent a hotel room for their own girls’ night out. Marieme also begins to fall for her tough older brother’s friend Ismael (Idrisa Diabate).
Breaking out from her good-girl roots, Marieme fully embraces her bad girl freedom and begins to work for a local drug dealer. Realizing, though, that neither that life, nor a life with Ismael, is really what she wants, she considers going back home to her family…only to realize she’s now outgrown even that existence.
Along with earlier films such as Dee Rees’ “Pariah,” the movie’s an original, vital motion picture experience.
It's an honest portrayal of an underrepresented group that is as human, entertaining, flawed and incredible as any genuine piece of cinematic art.
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