The primary have a look at Cuties reveals a pointy divide between two totally different worlds: the free-spirited dance clique led by carefree Angelica, and the strict Senegalese household made up of Amy, her mom and brother. When Amy spies Angelica dancing of their condo complicated laundry room, their worlds start to bleed collectively till Amy and Angelica kind a universe of their very own.
Cuties tells the story of 11-year-old Amy, a younger woman coming of age in France who resides together with her household and ready for her father to return house from Senegal. Whereas her mom Mariam nonetheless holds expensive the standard Senegalese values she grew up with, her daughter is extra adventurous.
Feeling rebellious, Amy asks Angelica if she will be a part of her dance group, referred to as “The Cuties,” and though at first she’s laughed at and evenly bullied, she retains pushing ahead. Quickly, she proves herself to be a proficient and mesmerizing dancer. “They loved you,” Angelica tells her, displaying Amy a video of herself dancing with the group. “See how many likes we have?”
Amy and Angelica develop nearer and she or he continues to follow dancing with the clique, exploring her femininity and studying some risqué choreography alongside the best way. However regardless of her hopes, Amy quickly discovers that it’s unattainable to stability her new life together with her position in her household. “What are you doing, Amy?” her mom cries, betrayed when her daughter steals cash to buy groceries together with her new pals. “Who are you, Amy?”
The movie, which initially premiered at Sundance Movie Pageant earlier this 12 months, marks the directorial debut of French-Senegalese filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré. Cuties additionally stars Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi, Esther Gohourou, Ilanah, Myriam Hamma, Demba Diaw, Maïmouna Gueye, and Therese M’Bissine Diop.
Decider’s Anna Menta, who attended the movie’s Sundance premiere, praised the drama as a “stellar feature debut” in her Cuties overview. “For American audiences, Cuties is an international story about a specific subset of Paris rarely seen on screen: A working-class, Muslim, Senegalese family,” she wrote. “But it’s also a universal story about girlhood. Doucouré’s script perfectly captures that preteen desperation to fit in, which so many girls understand to mean to ‘be sexy.’ With the daily barrage of hypersexualized women in media, how can you blame them?”
Cuties premieres on Netflix Sept. 9. Watch the total trailer within the video above.