These Girls
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Teenage girls left to fend for themselves on the streets of Cairo are profiled in this documentary from Egyptian filmmaker Tahani Rached. In El-Banate Dol, orphaned and homeless girls share the grim facts of their daily lives -- they have little money, nowhere to stay, are frequently the target of rapists, and are often scarred facially by their attackers who believe the girls are to blame for the crimes committed against them. Some have been left with children by their boyfriends, who then shun the girls for bringing them shame in the form of illegitimate babies. With few options and fewer… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Skillful, tight editing reveals the volatile patterns of behavior, shifting suddenly from fights to confessions, dancing to despair, yet in the end the girls are always fiercely supportive of each other."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Fun precisely because it allows its characters to have theirs."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"You can't make a movie about the Boogey Man without showing him at least once."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"What could have been a rather nasty dark comedy is a wildly funny satire on the art of seduction."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"A rousing documentary on the street children of Cairo, These Girls is an agonizing and uplifting depiction of street survival at its most daunting."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"This summer-fling comedy turns out to be as generic as its title suggests."
‑ Ken Eisner, Variety
"Director John Hazlett imbues the film with all the style of a movie-of-the-week, something that's reflected in the routine, predictable storyline."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A surprisingly likeable, albeit morally ambivalent little film."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Can a yarn without credibility, can a comedy without laughs, can characters without a centre, can direction without discernment, add up to a movie?"
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Director Tahani Rached's documentary These Girls exudes empathy and respect for its destitute Egyptian teenage subjects' plight."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"It has similar observational humour toward young life as past Canadian productions My American Cousin and New Waterford Girl."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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