Back in mid-2008 the news ran with a peculiar story coming out of Gloucester High School in Massachusetts, wherein 18 girls were pregnant at the same time. Controversy brewed as to whether this was an intentional pact or not, surrounding 17 girls getting pregnant after finding out one of their friends were. Nothing was ever officially confirmed, but since the French always do things better, they went ahead and made a feature film based on the events.
Sisters Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin premiered 17 Girls back at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and now after being acquired by Strand Releasing, it will finally hit theaters this fall and we’ve got the first trailer. Thankfully this one looks to be more interesting, visually and thematically, than its Lifetime spin-off counterpart. Check it out below for the film starring Louise Grinberg (who already got some high school experience in the excellent The Class), Juliette Darche, Roxane Duran, Esther Garrel and Yara Pilartz.
Inspired by a true story that took place in Massachusetts, Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s provocative debut focuses on a group of bored teenage girls who all make an irrevocable pact. When classmate Camille (Louise Grinberg, The Class) accidentally becomes pregnant, she encourages her friends and fellow classmates to follow suit. It’s only a matter of time, before 17 girls in the high school are pregnant and the town is thrown into a world of chaos. Set in the writer/directors’ small, seaside hometown of Lorient, 17 GIRLS is a reflection on adolescence, body image, friendship and the perplexing realities of growing up.
17 Girls hits limited theaters and VOD on September 21st.
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