Schoolgirls Las Niñas

  Pilar Palomero

  Spain 97 minutes

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Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.

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With director Pilar Palomero


Growing up in small-town Spain in the early ’90s, 11-year-old Celia is ever the responsible student and considerate daughter. When impossibly cool Brisa storms in from Barcelona, she upsets the order of the girls’ strict Catholic school, run by nuns with a stern disposition and an iron fist. Unexpectedly, the two girls become fast friends, and soon Celia is swept up in a rebellious clique that breaks all the rules and flaunts authority. Her eyes newly opened to the world, Celia starts to raise questions about her own family background, including her absent father. This astute drama—in which the young character’s coming of age mirrors the post-Franco restless social energy around her—is anchored by salient performances from its young cast, who effortlessly convey the tensions and anxieties of adolescence.

“It’s this clear-eyed dissection of how the times condition the lives of those condemned to live through them that elevates the film above any number of similar coming-of-age dramas.” –Hollywood Reporter

 Spanish with subtitles 



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