Mmmm I am beginning to have reservations about French films. So many I have seen have been kind of bland and abrupt, they seem to have a certain sensibility that I don't get. Some I have been tempted to leave half way through, but always stay hoping they will get better. They do some comedies very well, but the dramas can be a bit hit or miss.
Girlhood started off ok, I liked the tough girls from the neighbourhood they formed a good strong friendship, although I didn't like them being bullies and picking on other females. The second half of the movie felt a big disjointed to me. The main character seems to change without a lot of supporting story, it just seemed to switch in its tone, and tried to be gritty, but seemed to fail. I get that life is tough on the streets in France, for a young woman without a lot of support, the choices must be limited. 2/5