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Girls Girls Girls

Director Alli Haapasalo's effervescent, melancholy, and ultimately rousing coming-of-age story, profiles a trio of Finnish teenage girls as they attempt to navigate the adult world of work and relationships. The smart, acerbic Mimmi (Milonoff) works in a shopping mall juicing bar with her best friend Rönkkö (Kauhanen), a free-spirited romantic. Meanwhile, the more affluent Emma (Leino) is a competitive figure skater who is feeling the pressure from her demanding training regime and pondering what she is missing out on. When Mimmi and Emma meet at the smoothie stand they immediately connect, despite their chalk and cheese personalities and attitudes to life (refreshingly their sexuality is not an issue for their parents). Rönkkö’s experiences in dating and sex, on the other hand, leave her frustrated and unsatisfied. The trio deliver wonderfully naturalistic performances, while the script is empathetic, forthright and eschews condescension. Yes, the young women sometimes act thoughtlessly and cruel but we can see how they got to that point. The emotional toing and froing are amplified by an eclectic pop selection with an ecstatic disco sequence soundtracked to Perfume Genius’s ‘Slip Away’ a highlight.  

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