In a strict boarding school nestled in the Himalayas, Mira is a successful student shouldering high expectations from her parents and her teachers. But as she wrestles with new desires and ample curiosity inspired by the handsome Sri, she finds herself at odds with the school’s strict rules and her mother’s incessant involvement in her new romance. As Mira strives to escape the watchful eyes of her teachers, mother and fellow students and find time alone with Sri, Mira approaches learning about love with the same dedication that she applies to her studies, resulting in sometimes comic and shocking conclusions. While the film is a beautiful coming-of-age story, the romance between the lead protagonists is a sensitive exploration of female desire that observes how conservative cultures entrap women under strict expectations and norms.

Run time 117 minutes, English and Hindi, 2024

Directed by Shuchi Talati

REVIEWS

"A resonant and impeccably written film on generational female awakening, mother-daughter affection and rivalry, and bodily autonomy, Girls Will Be Girls is exactly the kind of feminine coming-of-age film (for any age) that we need more of."

Harper's Bazaar - February 5, 2024 - Tomris Laffly

"Talati never succumbs to obvious choices in her romantic scenes, and the result is a subtle coming-of-age film that reveals a lot more than most sexual awakening films."

San Jose Mercury News - January 30, 2024 - Randy Myers

"With her first feature, Talati expertly captures the quiet wonder and aching intensity of adolescence, first love, and caring about someone whose dueling duties and desires sometimes stop them from behaving as they know they should."

indieWire - January 24, 2024 - Proma Khosla

"The film is one that fully recognizes the power of a lingering gaze, a suppressed smile, the slightest movement of the littlest finger, and one which uses them all to maximum effect."

Slant Magazine - January 24, 2024 - Ross McIndoe

"[This] tale of sexual coming-of-age is rooted in the kind of cultural and character specificity that elevates a film past mere premise into something more complex and moving."

RogerEbert.com - January 22, 2024 - Marya E. Gates

"This film shows the nuanced impact of patriarchy past and present and the unlikely bonds we can form to fight back."

Autostraddle - January 23, 2024 - Drew Gregory

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PLAYDATES

Sundance Film Festival
Park City, UT
January 20, 2024

SXSW
Austin TX
March 8, 2024

Annapolis Film Festival
Annapolis, MD
April 7, 2024

Cleveland Film Festival
Cleveland, OH
April 4 and 5, 2024

Central Michigan International Film Festival
Mount Pleasant, MI
April 3, 2024

TIFF
Toronto, CA
April 14, 2024

MSP Film Festival
Minneapolis, MN
April 18, 2024

India Meme Film Festival
AUSTIN, TX
April 21, 2024

USA Film Festival
Angelika Film Center Dallas
Dallas, TX
April 17 - 26, 2024

Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle, WA
May 9 and 13, 2024

Center for Asian American Media Festival
SF Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
May 18, 2024

Berkshire International Film Festival
Great Barrington, MA
June 2, 2024

Nantucket Film Festival
Nantucket, MA
June 19 - 24, 2024

Provincetown Film Festival
Provincetown, RI
June 12th - 16th

Cinetopia Film Festival
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, MI
June 16th and June 20th

Indian Film Festival Los Angeles
Landmark Theatres Sunset #1
June 29th

South Bay Film Society
Torrence, CA
July 10th

Maine International Film Festival
Waterville, ME
July 12th - 22nd

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Middlebury, VT
August 21 - 25

The Screening Room
Delaware, MD
Opens October 4th

Gateway Cinema
Columbus, OH
Opens October 11th

Fairhope Film Festival
Fairhope, AL
November 7 - 10

Film Forum
New York, NY
September 13 - 26, 2024

Nuart Theater
Los Angeles
September 27th - October 3rd

SIFF
Seattle
September 27th - October 3rd

Glendale Laemmle
Glendale, CA
October 4th - 10th

Hawaii International Film Festival
Hawaii
October 2nd - 12th

The Screening Room
Delaware, MD
Opens October 4th

Gateway Cinema
Columbus, OH
Opens October 11th

Fairhope Film Festival
Fairhope, AL
November 7 - 10

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