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17 Girls

Based on a 2008 incident that rocked the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, this debut feature by French sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin centers on five close pals at a high school in seaside Lorient who all agree to get pregnant and raise their children collectively. For first-timers, the Coulins are remarkably skilled at pulling in numerous students, teachers, and parents, and creating a genuine sense of the community as the girls' scheme seduces more and more of their classmates. The movie is smartly paced, with some great punk numbers by Izia Higelin on the soundtrack, yet the girls' utopian zeal and radical rejection of the social order kept reminding me of French films from the mid-30s—Jean Vigo's Zero for Conduct (1933) or Jean Renoir's The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936). In French with subtitles.

Credits

Directors:

  • Delphine Coulin
  • Muriel Coulin

Cast:

  • Louise Grinberg
  • Juliette Darche
  • Carlo Brandt
  • Esther Garrel
  • Noémie Lvovsky
  • Florence Thomassin
  • Roxane Duran
  • Yara Pilartz
  • Solène Rigot

Producer:

  • Denis Freyd

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