February 29, 2016
Girlhood (Celine Sciamma, 2014). The way the song (“Diamonds” by Rihanna) played out in the pivotal hotel room scene, and how that song will always have a different meaning now, more aspirational than could have been imagined. That it is a coming of age film that is neither moralistic nor sensational, where teenage experience is shown as fact and a fresh point of view is taken, without it ever seeming like a self-congratulatory big deal. That there is nothing of Charlie Hebdo or Bataclan in it, or nothing that in any clumsy way seems now to anticipate those events. Not sociological, in other words. Really just a good story, told well.