'Girlhood' celebrates power and passion of sisterhood

February 6, 2015 1:06 PM

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"Girlhood" takes one of contemporary film's most familiar themes, a teenage girl's coming of age, and makes it feel like we've never truly seen it before. Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, it pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way.

A major success at the Directors' Fortnight section of Cannes, "Girlhood" (original French title "Bande de Filles," or "Band of Girls") echoes Jean-Luc Godard's classic "Bande a Part" ("Band of Outsiders") and its story of the strivings of those who live on the margins.

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