Why watch this film?
"Mignonnes" (also known by its original name, "Cuties," and its Brazilian title, "Lindinhas") stirred up a big controversy even before it hit Netflix's screen. After all, the streaming service took a wrong turn in the promotion of this French feature film, and on its platform, it featured a poster of the girls protagonists in sensual poses. It was criticized, the company apologized and changed all the promotional material. However, unfortunately, the criticism was not entirely wrong: despite director Maïmouna Doucouré having a clear intention to draw attention to the precocious sexualization of pre-adolescents, she ends up committing the same mistake. With cameras that are too daring and too close to the girls' bodies, she ends up sexualizing what should not be sexualized. The criticism of this movement is lost in the air. And, in the end, we have a movie full of highs and lows, good intentions and bad executions. However, it cannot be said that "Lindinhas" is just mistakes. The main actresses are good, there is a good issue about oppressive culture and a good construction of the personality of their characters. Was there a lack of care? No doubt. But more open viewers can find here a good story about something that, unfortunately, exists in France, Brazil, anywhere.
Amy, an 11-year-old girl, joins a group of dancers named "the cuties" at school, and rapidly grows aware of her burgeoning femininity - upsetting her mother and her values in the process.
Where to watch?
Available at home