‘Cuties’ film evaluation: A coming-of-age movie that serves up a deeply disturbing watch

The award-winning French challenge, which has been accused of sexualizing ladies and sparked a #CancelNetflix marketing campaign, is tough to look at as simply one other movie

This French movie written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré has been within the eye of a number of storms. The approaching-of-age movie premiered on the 2020 Sundance Movie Pageant and gained the French-Senegalese Doucouré the director’s award. It has attracted destructive suggestions for its sexualisation of kids. Netflix, which acquired the movie, drew flak for its poster promoting the movie. Although the movie was well-reviewed, ‘Cancel Netflix’ turned a factor with conservatives and conspiracy theorists leaping on the bandwagon.

With all this within the background, it’s tough to look at Cuties (Mignonnes in French) as simply one other movie. Nonetheless, wants should and because the digital camera follows 11-year-old Amy, a Senegalese woman dwelling in Paris along with her mom, Mariam (Maïmouna Gueye), and two youthful brothers, we’re drawn into her life. Amy’s struggles towards a conservative aunt, her boredom with the unending prayer conferences, her loneliness, her unhappiness on the method her mom is being handled (her father has married once more and is bringing his new spouse dwelling) makes her ripe to throw in her lot with the Cuties.

Cuties

  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • Director: Maïmouna Doucouré
  • Starring: Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Esther Gohourou, Ilanah Cami-Goursolas, Maïmouna Gueye
  • Storyline: A 11-year-old negotiates the minefield of rising up within the age of social media

Angelica (Médina El Aidi-Azouni), Coumba (Esther Gohourou), Jess (Ilanah Cami-Goursolas) and Yasmine (Myriam Hamma) are the Cuties, a dance group, who’re coaching to participate in a contest. Slowly, Amy is accepted into the group. The women costume like their older rivals and there may be positively nothing very cute in regards to the ladies’ extremely suggestive dance strikes. At the same time as Amy goes for dance follow, preparations are on at dwelling to welcome her father and his new spouse, a lot to Mariam’s misery.

Watching Amy (Fathia Youssouf is incandescent) develop up underneath the cruel glare of social media reminds us to provide thanks for rising up at a time when each foolish foible and error was not recorded, uploaded and there to hang-out one for all eternity.

Is the movie exploitative of younger youngsters? One is reminded of Nietzsche’s warning to monster hunters, “if thou gaze lengthy into an abyss, the abyss will even gaze into thee”. Doucouré who mentioned she wrote the movie after watching a expertise present in Paris, has been quoted as saying she “created a local weather of belief between the kids and myself”. We’ve seen sufficient expertise reveals in India the place the kids carry out slightly inappropriate movie songs and dances.

There have been feedback of sure scenes being taken out of context, which has additionally contributed to a sea of flak. The movie was deeply disturbing as a result of it reveals how tough it’s to be a woman nowadays. Watching Angelica twerking as she takes garments out of the washer is tough due to a crushing disappointment on the lack of childhood. Banning a movie or a streaming service is certainly not the reply to save lots of our youngsters.

Cuties is at the moment streaming on Netflix

 

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