The movie itself — launched as “Mignonnes” in France — has not prompted any such rows. Doucouré’s debut characteristic, it follows the story of 11-year-old Amy (Youssouf) as she struggles to search out her place in life. At dwelling, Amy has to please her mom, a Muslim from Senegal, however she’s drawn to a gaggle of buddies who’ve their very own dance troupe.
Doucouré mentioned in June throughout an interview on the Sundance Film Festival that the thought for “Cuties” partly got here to her after she attended an occasion in Paris, the place she watched a gaggle of 11-year-olds performing a extremely sexualized dance. “I was so shocked,” she mentioned. “For me, it was just, ‘Oh my God. What am I seeing?’” Many of the youngsters’s mother and father, who had been additionally watching the present, wore conventional non secular gown, she added, and the tradition shock fascinated her.
While researching the movie, Doucouré turned involved about how social media pressures youngsters to decorate provocatively, she mentioned.
In France, the place the movie was launched in theaters on Aug. 19, “Cuties” has not stirred any controversy. Clarisse Fabre, reviewing the movie for Le Monde, mentioned, “The filmmaker skillfully refrains from passing judgment on the very explicit sexualization of the dance routines.” She named it a “must see.” Le Figaro, one other newspaper, additionally labeled it a “film to see.”
Reviewers at Sundance didn’t see the movie as fetishistic both. “The sight of twerking preteen bodies is explicitly designed to shock mature audiences into a contemplation of today’s destruction of innocence,” wrote Fionnuala Halligan in Screen Daily, however she added that the movie in the end failed as a result of it tried too exhausting to impress censure.
Doucouré hasn’t commented on the fuss or the art work, and her consultant didn’t reply to an interview request on Friday. But she might respect some of the continued debate in regards to the sexualization of youngsters in society. “We can’t continue to close our eyes about that,” she mentioned within the interview at Sundance.