Well, I finally watched that movie everyone is talking about.
No, not “Tenet,” which did not manage to single-handedly revive the film industry from its pandemic-induced coma in a week. I watched “Cuties,” Maïmouna Doucouré’s film about an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant in France who rebels against her conservative culture by hurling herself into certain extremities of the modern world — social media and sexually provocative dancing — only to find them just as oppressive.
You know, the pedophile movie.
I’m not trying to be flip about pedophilia — the sexual abuse and exploitation of children are real and never funny.
It’s also absolutely not the way any sane person would categorize this movie.
In the essentials, “Cuties” is a fairly basic and recognizable story: troubled girl attempts to find herself by gaining the acceptance of others and