Palm d'Or-winning director tackles an adaptation of a feminist classic
Set in 1950s upstate New York, this film chronicles the adolescence of a group of rebellious working-class girls as they reject the expectations of society in favor of their own alliance: the Foxfire gang. Issues of poverty, child abuse, alcoholism, and feminism are all examined as the girls' journey of self-discovery evolves into an increasingly dangerous and criminal misadventure.
The coming of age film is based on the classic young-adult novel written by Joyce Carol Oates in 1993. The book was adapted once before in a 1996 film directed by Annette Haywood-Carter and starring Angelina Jolie. The previous film notably changed the original 1950s setting to contemporary times.
Foxfirepremiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. Director Laurent Cantet won the 2008 Cannes Film Festival's coveted Palm d'Or award with his last film— the French drama The Class, which also featured high-school students struggling with adolescence.