For those who, like Armond White, thought Linklater’s “Boyhood” celebrated the “emblematic figure” of white patriarchy, consider Céline Sciamma’s “Girlhood,” which is now playing Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section.
This all-black, female-skewing coming-of-age drama stunned Cannes, where French director Sciamma’s previous features “Water Lilies” and “Tomboy” — which grasped controversial material and eventually wound up small-scale arthouse hits in the US — met acclaim. “Girlhood” premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.
I had the pleasure of working with Sciamma on a Cannes Critics’ Week jury in 2012. She is a smart, perceptive filmmaker and, above all, a cinephile who cares about telling human stories with a style that she utterly owns. I have not seen “Girlhood” but this looks beautiful.
Read Eric Kohn’s Indiewire rave here. Pity there is no US distribution yet.