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17 Girls (2011)

17 filles (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 September 2012 (USA)
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When a rebellious teenager finds out that she is already eight weeks pregnant, she forms a pact with sixteen of her classmates to get pregnant simultaneously, raise their children together, and most of all, be in charge of their lives.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Grinberg Louise Grinberg ... Camille
Juliette Darche Juliette Darche ... Julia
Roxane Duran ... Florence
Esther Garrel ... Flavie
Yara Pilartz ... Clémentine
Solène Rigot ... Mathilde
Noémie Lvovsky ... L'infirmière scolaire
Florence Thomassin Florence Thomassin ... La mère de Camille
Carlo Brandt ... Le proviseur
Frédéric Noaille Frédéric Noaille ... Florian
Arthur Verret Arthur Verret ... Tom
Philippine Raude Toulliou Philippine Raude Toulliou ... Philippine
Sharleen Le Mero Pietruszka Sharleen Le Mero Pietruszka ... Sharleen
Charlotte Alonso Charlotte Alonso ... Charlotte
Julia Ballester Julia Ballester ... Julia
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This summer, at the port-city of Lorient in Brittany, something amazing happened. Young rebellious dreamer Camille is already eight weeks pregnant, the father of her unborn child is completely unimportant and out of the picture, nevertheless, the unripe school girl boldly decides to keep the baby. And then comes the unforeseen surprise. Camille, as the undisputed alpha-girl in class, convinces her high school friends to form an unbreakable pact and get pregnant simultaneously, raise their children together, be free, happy, and most of all, in charge of their lives. Before long, sixteen more girls will confidently take the plunge in a purposeful act of emancipation, dreaming of changing the world and courageously trying something different from their fearful parents. Is this the face of progress or is it just an unquiet and tumultuous childish curiosity? Either way, when you are an intrepid beautiful dreamer full of energy, who can really stand in your way? Written by Nick Riganas

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Puberty Means Utopia. See more »

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,449, 23 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,002, 11 November 2012
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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on real events that took place in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 2008. See more »

Quotes

Camille: I'll have someone who loves me my whole life.
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Puppy Toy
Performed by Tricky
Written by Tricky (as Adrian Thaws) and Bernard Butler
(p) Licensed by courtesy of Domino Recording Co. Ltd and Stage Three Music represented by Because Editions
(c) Domino Publishing Co. Ltd.
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I find myself mostly disagreeing with the professional critics on this one
1 August 2013 | by socrates99See all my reviews

The first thing of note here is the quality of the acting and direction. The way everything is natural and believable here is mind boggling. These are very young girls and yet they're caught on film doing things we've all seen young girls do as if the camera were invisible. How is that possible? Because if they're only acting they are incredibly convincing.

If I were a director filming a competing film about female adolescents I would shoot myself out of sheer envy. And I'm afraid I can only attribute the poor reviews this film got to something similar. I much prefer a different more masculine kind of film, but I was riveted by this film's persuasiveness. That's quite a trick. This director is ingenious. If he or she is not given some meaty project after this masterful accomplishment then I'm quite sure the movie industry is dooming itself to deliberate mediocrity.

The only caveat I have is that the story itself, in the end, is not very satisfying. However, as I understand it, the true story behind this fanciful embellishment was even less satisfying. In other words this movie is a flight of imagination on pretty slim facts. But don't let that stop you from seeing it, it's unforgettable.


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