New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: Sundance 2020: “Cuties” Tries to Find Freedom for Its Young Girls

By Andrea Thompson

Maïmouna Doucouré has a lot on her mind in the French film Cuties, but her own beliefs are more opaque about the topics which clearly fascinate her. She certainly gives her 11-year-old protagonist Amy (Fathia Youssouf Abdillahi) quite a bit to deal with, with the exact nature of her fears only revealed at the very end, where it finally becomes clear just who will be Amy’s saving grace in the labyrinth of contrasting expectations which awaits her rapidly approaching womanhood.

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