Section: Panorama

Girlhood (2014) 15

France | 2014 | 112 min.

A sensational story of female empowerment set in the tough neighborhoods of Paris. Mariame is a shy 16-year-old who lives with her mostly absent mother, a domineering older brother, and two younger sisters of whom she largely takes responsibility for caring. Left behind at high school where she’s told her grades are too poor to continue, Mariame is soon lured out of her shell by three vivacious neighborhood teens. Enthralled by their bravado and brash energy, Mariame quickly adopts their flashier look and adapts to their bolder and often reckless behavior, making both foolish and brave choices as she struggles towards independence.

Duration112 min
Directed by Céline Sciamma
Screenplay Céline Sciamma
Director of Photography Crystel Fournier
Music Para One
Edited by Julien Lacheray
Contact Films Distribution


Céline Sciamma (1978) is a French screenwriter and director. She graduated from screenwriting at La Fémis film school in Paris. She graduated with a script that was the basis for her feature directorial debut Water Lilies (Naissance des pieuvres, 2007), which was successfully shown at a number of prestigious festivals. She also won broad recognition with her subsequent films: the comedy Tomboy (2011) and drama Girlhood (Bande de filles, 2014).