17 Girls

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17 Girls
17 Girls poster.png
Film poster
Directed by Delphine Coulin
Muriel Coulin
Produced by Denis Freyd[1]
Written by Delphine Coulin
Muriel Coulin
Starring Louise Grinberg
Juliette Darche
Roxane Duran
Esther Garrel[2]
Florence Thomassin
Noémie Lvovsky
Cinematography Jean-Louis Vialard
Edited by Guy Lecorne[2]
Distributed by Diaphana Films
Release date
  • 14 May 2011 (2011-05-14) (Cannes)
  • 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14) (France)
Running time
86 minutes[1]
Country France
Language French
Budget $3 million
Box office $716,542[3]

17 Girls (French: 17 filles) is a 2011 French comedy-drama film about 17 teenage girls who make a pregnancy pact. The film was screened at the 2011 Montreal World Film Festival[4] and the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[5] 17 Girls is based on the alleged pregnancy pact that took place at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts in 2008.[6]

The 2010 American film The Pregnancy Pact is based on the same story.


In Lorient, 17 teenage girls from the same high school make an unexpected decision, incomprehensible to the boys and adults. They decide to get pregnant at the same time. Camille (Louise Grinberg) lives alone with her mother who is overwhelmed by her work. She becomes pregnant after a condom problem with a sexual partner who is not her boyfriend. She is the first to discover a positive pregnancy test.

She wants to keep her child, which will convince the others to become pregnant and they can all raise their children together. These girls do not want to comply with the traditional code of conduct and just want to "give the love they have to a baby." Emancipation, is the keyword of these girls who build a plan to no longer be reflections of their parents. "We will be only 16 years apart from our kids, this is ideal. We will be closer in age, no clash of generations!" They decide to educate their future children together in the form of a "hippie community."

In the end, Camille loses her baby after a minor traffic accident. She and her mother leave town without telling anyone where they've gone. The other girls have their babies, but they do not form a "community."



Premiere magazine likened 17 Girls to The Virgin Suicides by Sofia Coppola saying "same languid pop, same delicately grainy picture, same kind of heterogeneous female cast, same absence of boys, reduced to the roles of stooges".[7]

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  1. ^ a b Ogle, Connie (27 September 2012). "'17 Girls' (Unrated)". Miami Herald. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (20 September 2012). "Follow the Leader, to Extremes: '17 Girls,' Directed by Delphine and Muriel Coulin". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=12543
  4. ^ Lake, Michael (30 August 2011). "I Want One, Too". The Rover. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Mintzer, Jordan (15 May 2011). "17 Girls (17 Filles): Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Hess, Amanda (7 September 2012). "17 Girls: The pregnancy pact revisited as a French, feminist fantasy". Slate. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 

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