Bande de Filles: Girlhood Identities in Contemporary France, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Bande de Filles

Girlhood Identities in Contemporary France, 1st Edition

By Frances Smith


136 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138491960
pub: 2020-01-31
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Few films in the twenty-first century have represented coming-of-age with the beauty and brutality of Bande de Filles (or Girlhood). This book provides an in-depth examination of Céline Sciamma’s film, focusing on its portrayal of female adolescence in contemporary Paris.

Motivated by the absence of black female characters in French cinema, Sciamma represents the lives of figures that have passed largely unnoticed on the big screen. While observing the girls’ tough circumstances, Sciamma’s film emphasises the joy and camaraderie found in female friendships. This book places Girlhood in its cinematic, as well as its sociocultural context. Pop music, urban violence, and female friendships are all considered here in a book draws out the complexity of Sciamma’s deceptively simple portrayal of coming-of-age.

Thoughtful, concise, and deeply contemporary, this book is perfect for students, scholars, and general readers interested in youth cultures, European cinema, gender and sexuality.

Table of Contents

1. Contextualising Bande de Filles/Girlhood 2. Céline Sciamma’s Coming-of-Age Texts 3. Feminising the Banlieue in Bande de Filles/Girlhood 4. Solidarity and Violence in Bande de Filles/Girlhood 5. Music and the Transnational in Bande de Filles/Girlhood 6. Gender Fluidity and Queer Girlhood in Bande de Filles/Girlhood

About the Author

Frances Smith is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sussex (UK). Her research concerns teen cinema, nostalgia, and female authorship. She is the author of Rethinking the Hollywood Teen Movie, and series co-editor of Refocus: The American Directors Series.

About the Series

Cinema and Youth Cultures

Cinema and Youth Cultures engages with well-known youth films from American cinema as well the cinemas of other countries. Using a variety of methodological and critical approaches the series volumes provide informed accounts of how young people have been represented in film, while also exploring the ways in which young people engage with films made for and about them. In doing this, the Cinema and Youth Cultures series contributes to important and long standing debates about youth cultures, how these are mobilized and articulated in influential film texts and the impact that these texts have had on popular culture at large.

Series Editors: Siân Lincoln (independent scholar) and Yannis Tzioumakis (University of Liverpool)

Published volumes:

Clueless (1995)

Grease (1978)

Boyhood (2015)

L’auberge Espagnole (2002)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Easy A (2010)

The Freshman (1925)

Breakfast Club (1985)

Halloween (1978)

American Pie (1999)

Y Tu Mama También (2001)


Bande de Filles (2014)

American Graffiti (1973)

Rock Around the Clock (1956)

Precious (2009)

Gidget (1959)

Mary Poppins (1964)

The Beatles on Film: A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965), The Yellow Submarine (1968)

Big Wednesday (1977)

Moonlight (2016)

The Commitments (1990)

Clerks (1994)

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies