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      17 Girls

      2011 1h 30m Drama List
      68% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 39% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Seventeen teenage schoolmates become pregnant at the same time. Read More Read Less

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      Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times The film suggests a state of grace between childhood and adulthood, but the narrative feels increasingly tentative, and the characters remain opaque - "local divas," in one teacher's estimation. Rated: 2/5 Sep 21, 2012 Full Review Farran Smith Nehme New York Post The question is why this incident seemed worth dramatizing, especially in such a dreamily romanti-cized way - with perfect pregnancies and friendly baby daddies. Rated: 1/4 Sep 21, 2012 Full Review Stephen Holden New York Times The movie takes you inside the dreamy collective mentality of bored, mildly rebellious girls who look with horror at the lives of their mostly working-class parents. Rated: 5/5 Sep 20, 2012 Full Review Lisa Nesselson France24 An altogether French film populated with fresh-faced and energetic young women... Nov 11, 2020 Full Review Kelly Vance East Bay Express The Coulin sisters spin a web of ironic, double-edged fantasy over the girls of Lorient and their child's-eye view of life. Oct 9, 2012 Full Review Chris Barsanti PopMatters The wonder of this remarkable film is that it retains an innocence of its own, even while alluding to the darkness on the horizon. Rated: 9/10 Sep 28, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      jesse o This is one of those French movie that talks a lot without every really saying anything at all. I'm pretty sure you've seen one of these films once in your life, at least if you follow international cinema, even at a more casual level. It's not that this is a bad movie, or one that is poorly made, I just think there's certain parts of the film that feel like a whole bunch of nothingness. I wouldn't necessarily say it's filler, as parts of it are showing the girls in their daily surroundings, literally doing nothing in their rooms, and I think the film wanted to show something through those scenes. And it's not like the narrative is really all that focused, maybe to add a little more 'realism' to the proceedings as teens are hardly focused on one thing for any length of time, but I tend to think that it was just some poor scripting that led to the narrative not being tightly held together. I do think there's moments of insight where the film showcases just how absolutely warped these girls' thinking in doing this. I just mean the complete and utter innocence with which they look at something that will change their lives forever, for better or worse. In many ways, this is similar to Sisterhood of Night, except this one is more 'subtle' whereas Sisterhood is a little heavy-handed at times with its message. I think part of the reason this got so far is the need for some teens to feel like they belong with their particular group of friends. I don't think they were thinking of the consequences, just of the fact that it's something cool they could do with friends. I just don't think the film really delved too much into that. Like seeing what drove these girls to all become pregnant at the same time. They do explicitly state out their motivations, but that didn't really feel like enough. It was just lazily thrown out there. Parts of the reason is also the fact that, at least from Camille's mindset, that her mom is simply not involved in her life and she simply did not have the guidance that's necessary to realize that undergoing this is a very serious issue. Perhaps they didn't feel like their parents understood them and having a child was a way to correct all their parents' mistakes. There's hints of this in the film, of course. But, like I said, the narrative is barely held together. It's a perfectly decent movie, to be honest. The acting is more than good and there's moments of insight here about the naivete of those involved in this 'pact.' I just wish there was more of that and less of the dull, nothing scenes that permeated throughout the film. It's certainly not bad, but it won't knock them dead either. It's a middle of the road film, at least for me. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review walter m In "17 Girls," high schooler Camille(Louise Grinberg) is pregnant. This puts her already difficult relationship with her mother(Florence Thomassin) on even rockier ground. But Camille's friends are all happy for her. Then Florence(Roxane Duran) also gets pregnant. So, the other members of Camille's clique decide to get pregnant together, starting with a party on a Saturday night with Clementine(Yara Pilartz) about the only one not finding a partner. With a rash of pregnancies, the adults go into lockdown mode before going nuclear with the childbirthing videos.(Oh no, not that!) "17 Girls" handles a difficult subject delicately with grace, grounding its story(inspired by real events) in the realities of a small seaside city where the cultural highlight is eating at the local Chez Mac. In this milieu, all the girls have are each other, with the clueless adults failing the kids and not the other way around. At the same time, the movie can be dreamlike, not only philsophically but also aesthetically. While a montage of ultrasounds is a highlight, the freeze frame portraits are a little too artsy. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting movie, I remember hearing about this in the news. Pregnancy Pacts or whatever, Its crazy how your brain works when you are still a teenage, and they quickly realized its not all its cracked up to be. Good movie though. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member It still amazes me that this happened. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Very interesting to watch the "French" version... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Une trame tiree d'un fait divers deroutant etire sur 1h20. La fin qui se veut inutilement tragique revele les limites du scenario. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Seventeen teenage schoolmates become pregnant at the same time.
      Director
      Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin
      Producer
      Denis Freyd
      Screenwriter
      Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 30, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $4.4K
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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