Maimouna Doucoure’s ‘Cuties’ Get Positive Response Amid Controversies

Amid the raising controversies over the poster released by Netflix, the comedy drama ‘Cuties’ written and directed by the French citizen Maimouna Doucoure has done well as per the critics’ review. It is a coming-of-age movie confronting the themes with nuance and poignancy. The intricacies of girlhood have been given a thoughtful look in this film.

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This is a story of a 11 years old girl called Amy. She stays with her mother Mariam and younger brother. Their father is in Senegal and supposed to reunite with them for which they are waiting. One day Amy meets Angelina, a girl so different from her. The free spirited dance clique’s name is Cuties.

The dance group keeps thinking and ideology that is so different from the values Mariam taught Amy. But Amy likes Angelina and her group and gradually gets involved with them. The story further tells what happens when Mariam finds out the changes in Amy’s behavior.

The comedy drama of 95 minutes is feature directorial debut of Maimouna Doucoure. The film was released earlier in January this year at the Sundance Film Festival and got appreciations. Doucoure won award for it too. BAC films released it in France in August. After an international release via the digital platfrom Netflix, it has got positive response mostly. Some critics have found the film to be challenging and difficult.

Talking about acting it can be said that newcomer Youssouf as Amy had a wonderful screen presence. But, there are a few negative reactions too about the film.