At the 69th Cannes Film Festival, Houda Benyamina won the Camera d’Or, which is an award given to the director with the best first feature film. Divines is a stellar debut for any filmmaker and I am all in on whatever Houda decides to do next, especially if her younger sister, Oulaya Amamra is going to be starring in it.
Amamra plays a teenager living in Paris named Dounia who doesn’t have a very good home life, so she dreams of getting out on her own terms. After acting out in school and meeting a local drug dealer named Rebecca, Dounia’s life changes drastically and she brings her best friend, Maimouna along with her. The ride is wild and absolutely devastating at times for Dounia and Maimouna.
Every scene in this film is captivating as hell and I thoroughly enjoy the score. Benyamina has my attention now and Amamra gave a performance that I will not be forgetting. She has an elegance that balances with her tenacity in the most fascinating way. This is a pure gem that is on Netflix and you should go check it out.