“Girlhood”: Girls behaving badly, while they still can

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“Girlhood” has its Madison premiere on Thursday at 9:45 p.m. at the Union South Marquee Theatre, 1308 W. Dayton St., with an encore showing Friday at 9 p.m. Not rated, 1:41, three and a half stars out of four. FREE!

Celine Sciamma’s third feature film (after “Tomboy” and “Water Lilies” is called “Band de Filles” in its original title, translated into “Girlhood” for its U.S. release. It’s doubtful that it’s just a coincidence that the new title happens to suggest a mirror to Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.”

And a mirror it certainly is — as much as the stories of Linklater’s Mason and Sciamma’s Marieme (Karidja Toure) reflect each other’s experiences, they are also very much opposites. He’s a white teenage boy in Texas, for whom life is a matter of deciding which open door to walk through. She’s a black teenage girl living in an apartment with her family, marginalized and fighting to wrest control of her life from those around her. He takes a part-time job for college money, she takes a job cleaning hotels to survive and provide for her family.

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