Between Us Girls: Bonds Between Women

Between Us Girls: Bonds Between Women

19 Episodes

The intense, intimate ties that bind women are at the center of these wide-ranging portraits of female friendship and sisterhood that explore the ways in which women support each other: through gestures of solidarity, the sharing of confidences, playfulness, spontaneity, and adventure. From nuanced portraits of transformative adolescent friendships (OLD ENOUGH, JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE I.R.T., GIRLHOOD) to affecting stories of women helping each other through personal crises (PASSION FISH, FOURTEEN) to incisive studies of the complexities of sisterhood (THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, MARGOT AT THE WEDDING, MUSTANG), the relationships on display within these films are idiosyncratic and often troubled, but also a source of strength and empowerment.

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Between Us Girls: Bonds Between Women
  • Daisies

    Episode 1

    Directed by Věra Chytilová • 1966 • Czechoslovakia

    Maybe the New Wave's most anarchic entry, Vera Chytilovà's absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be "spoiled," they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing, food, clothes, men, war, is...

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jacques Rivette • 1974 • France
    Starring Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier

    Whiling away a summer in Paris, director Jacques Rivette, working in close collaboration with his stars and coconspirators Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier, set out to rewrite the rules of cin...

  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    Episode 3

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1977 • France
    Starring Valérie Mairesse, Thérèse Liotard, Ali Raffi

    In the early 1960s in Paris, two young women become friends. Pomme is an aspiring singer. Suzanne is a pregnant country girl unable to support a third child. Pomme lends Suzanne the money for an illegal...

  • Old Enough

    Episode 4

    Directed by Marisa Silver • 1984 • United States
    Starring Sarah Boyd, Rainbow Harvest, Neill Barry

    Director Marisa Silver received the 1984 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for this strikingly sensitive and naturalistic look at female coming of age across socioeconomic lines. Set on Manhattan’s Lower E...

  • Smooth Talk

    Episode 5

    Directed by Joyce Chopra • 1985 • United States
    Starring Laura Dern, Treat Williams, Mary Kay Place

    Suspended between carefree youth and the harsh realities of the adult world, a teenage girl experiences an unsettling awakening in this haunting vision of innocence lost. Based on Joyce Carol Oate...

  • Two Friends

    Episode 6

    Directed by Jane Campion • 1986 • Australia
    Starring Kris Bidenko, Emma Coles, Kris McQuade

    This ambitious TV movie by Jane Campion was heralded at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival as the arrival of a major new filmmaking voice. TWO FRIENDS’s screenplay, by renowned Australian novelist Helen Garner...

  • Working Girls

    Episode 7

    Directed by Lizzie Borden • 1986 • United States
    Starring Louise Smith, Ellen McElduff, Amanda Goodwin

    Sex work is portrayed with radical nonjudgment in Lizzie Borden’s immersive, richly detailed look at the rhythms and rituals of society’s most stigmatized profession. Inspired by the experience...

  • Privilege

    Episode 8

    Directed by Yvonne Rainer • 1990 • United States
    Starring Alice Spivak, Novella Nelson, Blaire Baron

    One of the most narratively complex films by legendary dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, PRIVILEGE shifts over its running time from a documentary about the experience of going ...

  • Passion Fish

    Episode 9

    Directed by John Sayles • 1992 • United States
    Starring Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Lenore Banks

    Acclaimed writer-director John Sayles brings his gift for creating richly realized characters to this multilayered portrait of two strong-willed women who clash and connect in unexpected ways. May...

  • The Virgin Suicides

    Episode 10

    Directed by Sofia Coppola • 1999 • United States
    Starring Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, James Woods

    With this debut feature, Sofia Coppola announced her singular vision, exploring the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women. An adaptation of Jeffrey Eugeni...

  • Ghost World

    Episode 11

    Directed by Terry Zwigoff • 2001 • United States
    Starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi

    Terry Zwigoff’s first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that is at once bleakly funny and wholly endearin...

  • Margot at the Wedding

    Episode 12

    Directed by Noah Baumbach • 2007 • United States
    Starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black

    Margot Zeller (Nicole Kidman) is a short-story writer with a sharp wit and an even sharper tongue. On the eve of the wedding between her estranged sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and h...

  • Frances Ha

    Episode 13

    Directed by Noah Baumbach • 2013 • United States
    Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner

    Greta Gerwig is radiant as Frances, a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her intimate but shifting bond with her best friend, Sop...

  • Butter on the Latch

    Episode 14

    Directed by Josephine Decker • 2013 • United States
    Starring Sarah Small, Isolde Chae-Lawrence, Charlie Hewson

    Josephine Decker’s senses-stunning debut feature is a mysterious, erotic portrait of Sarah (Sarah Small), a frantic young woman who leaves the city for the apparent safety of a Balkan-m...

  • Girlhood

    Episode 15

    Directed by Céline Sciamma • 2014 • France
    Starring Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh

    Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects, and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes he...

  • Happy Hour

    Episode 16

    Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi • 2015 • Japan
    Starring Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara

    A powerful affirmation of the immersive potential of cinema, HAPPY HOUR is a slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city of Kobe, Japa...

  • Mustang

    Episode 17

    Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven • 2015 • Turkey
    Starring Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu

    Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s stunning debut feature is an exhilarating immersion into the world of a spirited Turkish girl and her four teenage sisters, who are placed under virtual lockdown and...

  • Fourteen

    Episode 18

    Directed by Dan Sallitt • 2019 • United States
    Starring Tallie Medel, Norma Kuhling, Evan Davis

    Dan Sallitt charts the changing currents of a friendship between two young women with a nuance and delicacy that has earned comparisons to the work of Eric Rohmer. Twentysomething Brooklynites Mara (T...

  • The Perfect Candidate

    Episode 19

    Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour • 2019 • Saudi Arabia
    Starring Mila Al Zahrani, Khalid Abdulraheem, Nora Al Awad

    The latest from trailblazing Saudi Arabian director Haifaa al-Mansour (WADJDA) is a courageous critique of patriarchal oppression in her home country and a vivid portrait of a singularl...