The inner secrets of girl gangs

The American dream gets a going-over in Laurent Cantet’s (Palme d’or winner The Class) absorbing adap of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel. 

Set in a mid-’50s small town in upstate New York, it follows the Foxfire gang: led by charismatic Legs (Raven Adamson), they’re a group of female teens fighting male oppression. 

Dreamily narrated by shy Maddy (Kate Coseni), Cantet’s film avoids period nostalgia, paying attention to the solidarity and tensions in the proto-feminist band as they struggle to break the shackles of mainstream society.

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