Cuties (French: Mignonnes) is a 2020 French teen coming-of-age comedy drama film written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré on her feature film directorial debut. The film stars Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni and Maïmouna Gueye in the lead roles. The film is based on a traditional Senegalese Muslim girl who is caught and torn between two contrasting fortunes, traditional values and internet culture while also speaks about hyper sexualization of pre-adolescent girls.
The plot of the film also drew comparisons resembling similar to few prominent films such as The Fits, a 2015 American drama film directed by Anna Rose Holmer, 2019 French-Senegalese drama film Atlantics directed by Mati Diop and Girlhood, a 2014 French drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. The film was premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition sector of 2020 Sundance Film Festival on 23 January 2020 and won the Directing Jury Award praising the script of the film.
- Starring : Fathia Youssouf / Médina El Aidi-Azouni
- Genre : Comedy / Drama
- Country : France
- Language : French
- Director : Maïmouna Doucouré
- Production : Bien Ou Bien Productions / France 3 Cinéma / Canal+ / Ciné+ / France Télévisions / Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée / La Région Île-de-France / Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine / Procirep / Sacem
- Distributor : Bac Films / Netflix
Cuties release date
- January 23, 2020 : USA (Sundance Film Festival)
- August 19, 2020 : France
- September 9, 2020 : Australia (internet)
- September 9, 2020 : UK (internet)
- September 9, 2020 : Singapore (internet)
- September 9, 2020 : USA (internet)
- Fathia Youssouf as Amy (as Fathia Youssouf Abdillahi)
- Médina El Aidi-Azouni as Angelica (as Medina El Aidi)
- Esther Gohourou as Coumba
- Ilanah Cami-Goursolas as Jess
- Myriam Hamma as Yasmine
- Maïmouna Gueye as Mariam
- Mbissine Thérèse Diop as La tante
- Demba Diaw as Ismaël
- Mamadou Samaké as Samba
- Bilel Chegrani as Walid C.
- Canelle Brival as Sweety Swag
- Jean-Paul Castro as Frère Angelica
- Hakim Ferhi as Vigile laser-game 1
- Michael Perez as Vigile laser-game 2
- Bass Dhem as El Hadj
Eleven year old immigrant girl Amy (Fathia Youssouf), originally hailing from Senegal lives with her mother Mariam (Maïmouna Gueye) in one of the Paris poorest neighbourhoods in an apartment along with her two younger brothers awaiting for her father to rejoin the family from Senegal. Things turn swiftly as Amy is fascinated by a disobedient neighbour Angelica’s (Médina El Aidi-Azouni) free spirited dance clique called Cuties, an hiphop troupe which has contrasting fortunes and characteristics to Mariam’s traditional customs, values and traditions.
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