17 Girls

17 Filles

17 Girls

Delphine and Muriel Coulin

»We wouldn’t be like our parents.«
»16 years age difference, that’s perfect.«
»There wouldn’t be any generation conflict.«
»They would be brothers and sisters.«
»We would be one big family.«
– Dialogue from 17 Girls

Camille, Julia, Florence and their girlfriends attend the grammar school in Lorient, a somewhat bleak city in Brittany. They find their environment narrow-minded, and don’t expect any favours from their parents or from the school. On the contrary – they are disappointed and feel they are being pushed around because nobody is taking responsibility for their education. They themselves want to do things differently, which is why they take an unusual decision; against all expectations and the incomprehension of parents and teachers and the young fathers, 17 of them become pregnant at the same time.

Awards for ›17 Filles‹
Preis für den besten Film, Studentenjury, Bratislava Film Festival 2011 | Prix d’Ornano, Deauville 2011

Directors / Script

Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin


Jean-Louis Vialard


Guy Lecorne


Julien Bourdou


Louise Grinberg, Juliette Darche, Roxane Duran


Archipel 35 in Co-production with ARTE France Cinéma, Canal +, Ciné + and ARTE France


Arsenal Film

Portrait von Delphine und Muriel Coulin

Delphine and Muriel Coulin

Muriel Coulin began work as a cinematographer and camera assistant throughout the 1990s. Her sister Delphine is a novelist. Their collaboration as a directing duo began in 1997 with the short Sisyphus. Their feature debut 17 Girls about a group of teenagers who decide to become pregnant was shown at the Cannes Film Festival 2011. In 2016, they returned with Voir du pays and received the Award for the Best Screenplay in the section »Un Certain Regard«.

Films by Delphine and Muriel Coulin
17 filles (17 Girls)
2011 | Seydou 2009 | Germain 2002 | Roue libre 2002 | Souffle 2000 | Il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux (Sisyphus) 1997