Plot: A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.
Director Celine Sciamma’s (Tomboy) greatest strength is capturing teenagers’ natural language, both physical and verbal. Following a clique of teen girls in Paris she magnificently navigates the moments of individuality and group closeness. Each girl has their own idea of self and desire, and each girl hides things from the group, but the boisterous moments when they shed their individuality and band together to sing Rihanna, run through the streets—moments of impulse—are expertly realized by Sciamma in this aching, natural coming of age tale. – Brian Formo