‘Cuties’ Director Blames Poster for Right-Wing Attacks: ‘People Judged Without Understanding the Real Message’

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Director Maïmouna Doucouré tells TheWrap that Netflix’s U.S. poster “gave a wrong impression to a lot of people”

The director of “Cuties,” a French-language Netflix film that has drawn criticism from right-wing U.S. politicians who say the film sexualizes preteen girls, has opened up in her first interview since the film’s volatile reception in the U.S. earlier this month.

In a phone interview Thursday from her native France, Maïmouna Doucouré said the controversy began with the poster that Netflix used to promote the film ahead of its Sept. 9 release to U.S. subscribers. “Using this image on its own, out of context, in effect does not allow you to understand the theme in its entirety,” she said, arguing that the poster created a false impression about her intentions in depicting the challenges for young preteen girls in Western society to “grow up too fast.”

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times.