Girlhood

Girlhood ★★★★

A complicated, stylish and emotionally rich dissection of the many forms taken by female maturation within (and in opposition to) patriarchal society. There are so many lovely notes here, bombastic and subtle at once, that it can't be undone by the occasional tonal incongruity (the broadly comic mini-golf game) or bluntly melodramatic score cue. On the latter point, it should be noted there are only a handful; they're offset by four perfectly-placed electro mini-overtures (standing in for the unknowable inner moments) and a wonderful pop music cue ("Diamonds"); and none of them feature young Vic staring up at the sky to the strains of "Yellow".