Plot via Sundance:
Mother-daughter duo Grace and Ama have established a deep bond that’s protected them from outsiders, but as they start anew in Glasgow, things begin to change. Ama’s burgeoning puberty and curiosity set off reminders of a past that 24-year-old Grace has been running from. The comforting fairytale-like origin story that Grace has been telling Ama for years is interrupted by flashbacks of her painful past — their sheltered world begins to erode from the inside.
Adura Onashile’s in her debut feature, Girl, about an overprotective mother and an inquisitive daughter, is a drama of trauma and coming of age.
Grace (Déborah Lukumuena) and Ama (Le’Shantey Bonsu) have a deep bond like in many mother-daughter relationships. To protect them from outsiders, the careful and anxious Grace protects Ama by establishing and enforcing strict rules. Grace is hiding a secret from her daughter that will eventually be revealed and shatter their world and relationship.
Grace safety net will eventually unravel and collide with her daughter’s blossoming sexuality and her exploring new friendships and the world around her.
Girl is directed with tenderness and assurance, and acted with absolute conviction. It feels very much Ike a retelling of a personal experience.
Girl gets a 3.5 out of 5 or a B+.
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