Magazine article New Internationalist

Foxfire

Magazine article New Internationalist

Foxfire

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Foxfire {143 minutes)

directed and co-written by Laurent Cantet

In the 1950s, in a small town in upstate New York, the world is changing. Youths have their own styles, and hang out together. Life is easier and freer than ever before. At least it is for boys. For girls, the deal is worse. Their life options are as restricted as before, and, as well as having to deal with the sneaky prédation of older males, the boys in their community are now even more likely to sexually humiliate, intimidate and assault girls.

Some girls though, take a stand.

First they get revenge on a teacher with, graffitied on the passenger side of his car, a candid truth that he doesn't see until he arrives home. Next to get his come-uppance is the pet-shop keeper who's rather too fond of petting. The girls' reputation grows, they formalize their association with home-done tattoos - and they become a target for wounded male pride. …

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