Online Film Club: Bande de filles / Girlhood

Online Film Club: Bande de filles / Girlhood

Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Free Admission -Donations Encouraged
This event is ONLINE - zoom links will be emailed following registration

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Search for some empathy and insight right now? Look no further than this week's Ciné-Club selection, a touching portrait of adolescence in the rough and tumble outskirts of Paris (from the director of last year's acclaimed Portrait of a Lady on Fire!). This week, we'll be discussing: 


Bande de Filles / "Girlhood" (2014)

Rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube, or Google Play. 

Emotional intimacy is kind of Céline Sciamma's thing. The acclaimed director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) and Waterlillies (2007) has a trademark delicacy that she applies to all of her films, invariably showing us the heart and soul of her subjects with a tender eye and an appreciation for quiet moments. Bande de filles is no exception.

Sciamma's third feature film tells the story of Marieme, a reserved high schooler with a difficult home life who falls in line with a crowd of fun-loving but ruthless popular girls. As she and her newfound friends grow closer and closer, she'll find herself making riskier choices and falling down a slippery slope of petty crime and social cruelty. Will she be able to reconcile her newfound freedom with her own sense of identity and morals?

While Bande de filles focuses on many familiar high school tropes of sisterhood, integrity, and the tribulations of fitting in, it also deliberately highlights the complexities of life and identity as a black teenager, a group Sciamma found woefully underrepresented in the world of French film.  The movie is tight-chested and personal, gleeful and cautious, a bundle of emotions immediately recognizable to anyone who struggled with their identity growing up. Be on the lookout for an enchanting scene set to Rihanna's "Diamonds." 

Happy watching and remember to join us on Saturday for the discussion! 




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered. Join us for a laid-back, weekly discussion of classic films, as we explore the weirder side of the French canon. This ain’t your grandma’s Godard! 

Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Monday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some historical context, potential discussion points to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Saturday at 2 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. Since we’ll be having our meetings over zoom, the group size will be limited to 15 registrants. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.