Run time: 105 mins
It would be tempting, given the cast of Catholic schoolgirls that embark on a journey of sexual discovery, to call Our Ladies a coming-of-age film.
But like its rebellious ensemble of cool, catty, clever and disarmingly sweary characters, it defies stereotypes. It’s a story out of time, set in Scotland in 1996, and full of melancholic sadness, and lines of dialogue that remember an era “back in the day, when we used to believe in God”, or that recall the moment “before social media and phones changed everything for ever”.
Adapted from the Alan Warner novel The Sopranos, and swirls around the overactive hormones of six teenager girls from the Highlands, who boldly transform one precious day trip to an Edinburgh choir competition into a booze-sodden, foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed misadventure.
The ensemble cast are excellent; highlights include Tallulah Greive as Orla, a baby-faced cancer survivor with a dirty mind and a foul mouth, and Marli Siu as swaggering karaoke queen Kylah. Our Ladies veers smoothly from exuberant optimism and gross-out humour to a melancholic reflection on class inequality and fate. Fans of Channel 4’s Derry Girls would do well to check this out. (Jack Whiting)