Girlhood opens in HOME

One thing many Mancunians loved about The Cornerhouse was its ability to showcase unique and unconventional art and film. It was such a master at this that when it announced its closure a few months ago, much to the displeasure of its lovers, critics said its new home would be unable to adopt its previous theme. Well, how wrong could they have been?

Although the HOMEwarming weekend is finished, great film, art and exhibitions are continuing to pull visitors. This weekend, Girlhood opens in HOME.

The film is the tale of Marieme, a young girl who feels oppressed by her family, her school, and the boys in her neighbourhood, and yearns to be free. After meeting a gang of three wilful, free-spirited girls, she quits school, throws out her old clothes and starts calling herself ‘Vic’, short for ‘victory’, in the hope of being accepted and getting to do all the things she wants to do.

Universally acclaimed and nominated for four Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars, Girlhood is a powerful, poignant drama from Celine Sciamma, the director of Water Lilies and Tomboy.

In a nutshell, Girlhood has a raw, raucous but tender look at a group of black high school students living in the tough banlieues of Paris. Some may say just replace Paris with Manchester and you have a typical story of ordinary teenage struggles. No; this is a film worth watching as its story obliterates all your preconceptions.

The film is showing until Thursday 4 June, so do book your tickets now.

TNT Entertainment

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