Netflix is on a roll these days and releasing trailers of upcoming movies and series back to back. Many of these upcoming shows and movies have got people excited. They are counting the days already, especially for Lucifer season 5 that drops in a few hours. However, what they are not excited for, is the upcoming coming-of-age teen comedy drama film, Cuties. The film trailer was released 2 days ago and since then, internet has been reacting adversely to it.
Should Netflix go ahead with Cuties?
Cuties is an upcoming Netflix movie in French, with real title Mignonnes. The film is based on an 11-year-old girl Amy, played by Fathia Youssouf. She comes from a conservative family, and joins a dancing group called The Cuties at her school. She goes through her flourishing femininity soon, and that’s when she ends up upsetting her mother and the values of her family.
Now, it all sounds a little cliche so far. But there’s a story behind the synopsis as well. Apparently, Netflix and the filmmakers were pretty direct with their storyline, and they had to change it after facing backlash from the internet.
The controversy is still on and Netflix is still going strong with promoting Cuties. You’d be surprised to see the initial “storyline” Netflix used to promote the movie.
CUTIES is very good. A French Senegalese coming of age story that is very much commentating on the grasp modern media has on young girls. This poster does the film so much injustice. It's a letter of experience from the director, Maïmouna Doucouré. This is TRASH @netflix https://t.co/m5OOnOxrI6— Andrew J. Salazar (@AndrewJ626) August 20, 2020
While everyone is calling out Netflix for picking Cuties, there are very few people on the internet who are trying to show the “real picture” this movie presents.
I think before people jump the gun— Thread Level Midnight I Stream folklore (@C941129) August 20, 2020
Maybe read the interview first https://t.co/0pKHqxFJaz.
Maïmouna Doucouré, the director is trying to address the exact issue you are mad with. https://t.co/nd91RaBlDi pic.twitter.com/OgcbI73VXV
If you read her interview, you’d realize that she is trying to highlight the same issue the internet is trying to cancel her for. Will Cuties serve the purpose and would people still see it as s*xualization of teen girls. Only time can tell.
Maïmouna Doucouré is the director and writer of the film Cuties. The movie has already won Sundance Festival this year, from where Netflix got the rights to share it with the world. Cuties will release on Netflix on September 9, 2020. You can watch the trailer here.