Bande de Filles: Girlhood Identities in Contemporary France

1st Edition

Frances Smith

January 31, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 136 Pages - 12 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138491960 - CAT# K350090
Series: Cinema and Youth Cultures


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Few films in the twenty-first century have represented coming-of-age with the beauty and brutality of Bande de Filles (or Girlhood). This book provides an in-depth examination of Céline Sciamma’s film, focusing on its portrayal of female adolescence in contemporary Paris.

Motivated by the absence of black female characters in French cinema, Sciamma represents the lives of figures that have passed largely unnoticed on the big screen. While observing the girls’ tough circumstances, Sciamma’s film emphasises the joy and camaraderie found in female friendships. This book places Girlhood in its cinematic, as well as its sociocultural context. Pop music, urban violence, and female friendships are all considered here in a book draws out the complexity of Sciamma’s deceptively simple portrayal of coming-of-age.

Thoughtful, concise, and deeply contemporary, this book is perfect for students, scholars, and general readers interested in youth cultures, European cinema, gender and sexuality.

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