FEMINIZING THE “BANLIEUE”, AN INTERSECTIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE COMING OF AGE STORIES IN GIRLHOOD, DIVINES AND CUTIES
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Girlhood (2014) by Céline Sciamma, Divines (2016) by Houda Benyamina and Cuties (2020) by Maïmouna Doucouré denounce the multiple oppressions young women undergo in the French “banlieue” through coming of age stories. My goal is to investigate how the reappropriation of the traditional Bildungsroman structures allow a better denunciation of social seclusions. I also focus on the different representations of an intersectional “banlieue” shedding light on multiple axes of oppression. Finally, I study the alternatives offered by the three women directors for their characters as well as for their audience thanks to feminine solidarity as well as to the reappropriation of the traditional male gaze on female bodies. The consequences of these representations translate a French societal mirror to better denounce and fight against the exclusions that young women living in the “banlieue” undergo.