Celine Sciamma’s films are uniquely attuned to examining the female body, without a whiff of exploitation or a sexually charged agenda to be seen. After tackling films dealing with puberty and gender dysphoria, she’s taken a seemingly unusual step for her fourth feature, 18th century period drama Portrait of a Lady on Fire. No longer is she dealing with the struggles of young people as they deal with their changing bodies, but she is taking the logical next step, crafting a romance all around the very idea of capturing the essence of the female body in a work of art.
This 2014 drama film is cantered on the struggles of a young girl who lives in a poverty-stricken neighbourhood just outside of Paris. Starring Karidja Touré, Mariétou Touré and Lindsay Karamoh, Girlhood (Bande de filles) was directed and written by Céline Sciamma. The French motion picture also features Assa Sylla and Idrissa Diabaté.