Divines : the new “All that glitters”

Divines Film

If you liked All that glitters and Girlhood, you will adore Divines, the film that received a 10 minute standing ovation after its presentation at the Cannes Film Festival.

The pitch? A tandem worthy of the greatest films (think of Laurel & Hardy), two BFF,  Maimounia (Déborah Lukumuena), a tall sensitive “black girl” and Dounia (Oulaya Amamra), a petite feline “North African” are bored in their suburb with not much as life perspectives.

They decide to offer their services to Rebecca (Jisca Kalvanda), a respected dealer in their neighbourhood. The goal? Make some “money money money” and get out of their looser district, heading for a tantalizing future where they dream of escapades to Thailand, sports cars and well built  toy boys. Very quickly, they are swept away in a whirlwind of violence...

In Divines, the world, generally so masculine, becomes feminine through already cult punch lines such as “You got clitoris, I like it” and reversed situations. Femininity seems to reside in the one and only person of Djigui, a great looking dancer canon who the gals observe while he’s secretly rehearsing...

To be closely followed: the actresses revealed by this outstanding feature: as charismatic and mesmerizing as the stories they are acting out.

Divines, by Houda Benyamina, to be released on the 31st of August 2016

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