A poignant scene from ‘Cuties’ with Fathia Youssouf (l) who plays Amy and Maimouna Gueye, (r) who plays her mother

How “Cuties” Devastates With Sincerity About Being a Girl

Fighting social norms of over-exposure and traditions

“I thought the film would be accepted. It played to Sundance and was watched by American people there; I met the public there and they really saw that the film is about a universal issue. “It’s not about French society — the hyper-sexualization of children happens through social media and social media is everywhere. People [at Sundance] agreed with that.”


“I came to understand that an existence on social networks was extremely important for these youngsters and that often they were trying to imitate the images they saw around them, in adverts or on the social networks.”

“The most important thing for them was to achieve as many ‘likes’ as possible.”

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