5 Girls (2001)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Sociology, Biography, Gender Issues  |   Run Time - 113 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Recalling both the 1994 masterpiece Hoop Dreams (it sports the same producers) and Michael Apted's legendary Up series of documentaries, Maria Finitzo's sociological portrait 5 Girls (2001) observes the challenges, travails, hopes, dreams, and triumphs of five Chicago-area teenage girls over the course of a four-year high school tenure. With intimacy and candor, cross-cutting between stories (with roughly an equal amount of time spent on each subject), Finitzo covers such areas as individual sexual awakenings and inner-city impoverishment. On a broader level still, she watches as each girl blossoms into a young woman, with everything entailed and necessitated by that transformation.

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adolescence, coming-of-age, expectation, hardships, high-school, introspection, life-changes, resilience, self-awareness, self-identity, teenagers, transition