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French film 'Cuties' sparks controversy in the US

INSIDE THE AMERICAS
INSIDE THE AMERICAS © FRANCE 24
By: Olivia SALAZAR-WINSPEAR Follow | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Joanna COCKERELL | Sonia BARITELLO
14 min

In the United States, a French film has found itself at the centre of controversy over the hyper-sexualisation of young girls. It's called "Cuties," or "Mignonnes" in French, and the irony is that it's being accused of the very thing the film is trying to criticise, according to its director. The backlash has prompted an online campaign to "Cancel Netflix," its distributor in the United States. We tell you more.

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