There’s plenty to talk about in the indie film world right now, but most of it is coming off of Sundance — and, sadly, we won’t get to see most of those movies for several more months. But the art houses certainly aren’t going dark this month; we’ve got several terrific new indies out for February (many hitting theaters and home screens after running the festival gauntlet last year). Here are eight that you shouldn’t miss, particularly if you find yourself heading out with someone who’s dead set on, say, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Release Date: Out now
Director: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh
There’s a scene about a third of the way into Girlhood when four teenage friends who’ve played hooky from their lives, renting a hotel room and playing dress-up, lip-sync and dance along with Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” In that scene, writer/director Céline Sciamma captures something indelible about being a teenager: the way song can mean everything to you and your friends, how it can encompass your entire being, how it can create, as our protagonist later explains, “a perfect moment.” Girlhood is about those moments, and how they’re shattered; deeply felt, keenly observed, and marvelously acted, it’s far more complicated and difficult than the simple coming-of-age story the title suggests. (Read Flavorwire’s interview with Sciamma.)