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Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.

One of the best coming of age movies in years!

– Eric Kohn, Indiewire


“Energetic… hugely uplifting”
– Jessica Kiang, Indiewire’s The Playlist

“A magnetic central performance from stunning newcomer Karidja Touré”
– David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“It’s the feminist answer to Boyhood, yet it manages to dig deeper… Girlhood is one of the most exceptional films you’ll see this year. Truly a must-see. Highly recommended!”
– Jeff Nelson, DVD Talk

Cast & Crew


Céline Sciamma


Céline Sciamma


Bénédicte Couvreur


Karidja Touré
Assa Sylla
Lindsay Karamoh
Marietou Touré
Idrissa Diabate
Simina Soumare
Cyril Mendy
Djibril Gueye

Film Specs

Country of Origin: France

Format: DCP/2.35/Color

Sound Format: Dolby 5.1 SRD

Running Time: 112 minutes  

Genre: Drama

Rating: Not Rated

In French with English Subtitles



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