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Foxfire: Confessions Of A Girl Gang Review


Good

Gifted filmmaker Cantet (The Class) packs this fascinating story with vivid characters, but fails to shape the narrative into something that holds our attention. This is precision filmmaking, expertly recreating a period to adapt Joyce Carol Oates' iconic novel, but the movie is so long and meandering that it never builds up any momentum at all.

It's set in 1955, when 14-year-old Legs (Adamson) teams up with her best pal Maddy (Coseni) to form a secret society called Foxfire with their friends Rita, Goldie and Lana (Bisson, Mazerolle and Moyles). Their plan is to stick up for each other in the face of male persecution, and their first act together is to humiliate a sexist teacher. From here they get bolder, attacking Maddy's abusive uncle and waging war on the school bullies. Then a run-in with the law leaves Legs locked up in a girls' home. When she gets out, she rents a farmhouse where they can live together, but the money runs short so they start indulging in petty crimes. Then they plan an audacious kidnapping.

Cantet stages all of this so adeptly that it feels like a true story, complete with random details about the situations and characters. And since these girls all come from broken homes and struggle against gender inequality, we root for them to succeed. To a point. It's one thing to corner a predatory man; it's another to prey on someone who is completely innocent. So when they do that, it's impossible to see them as anything other than criminals.

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Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Laurent Cantet and Cannes Film Festival - Gaspar Noe, Benicio del Toro, Laurent Cantet, Eli Suleima, Pablo Trapero and Julio Medem Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Photocall for '7 Dias En La Habana' (7 Days in Havana) during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Laurent Cantet and Cannes Film Festival
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Benicio Del Toro
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Benicio Del Toro

Laurent Cantet - Saturday 21st February 2009 at Santa Monica Pier Los Angeles, California

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Laurent Cantet Saturday 21st February 2009 Sony Pictures Classics 2009 Oscar Nominee Dinner held at Cecconi's Restaurant West Hollywood, California

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Laurent Cantet Saturday 21st February 2009 IFC's 9th Annual Indie Film Celebration - Arrivals Santa Monica, California

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Laurent Cantet

The Class Review


Excellent
Based on the French best-seller Entre le Murs, which literally translates into "Between the Walls," Laurent Cantet's The Class casts the author of that book, François Bégaudeau, in the role of himself as a real-life inner-city high school teacher embedded in the trenches of the war between classical education and the ever-changing face of modern culture. What initially bears the components of a typical retread of white-teacher-inspires-multi-ethnic-students melodrama turns out to be something much funnier than one might expect from the director of brooding dramas the likes of Time Out and Human Resources.

Cantet spent months auditing Bégaudeau's classes and ended-up casting many of the students as themselves in the film. Like many of its egregious American counterparts (Dangerous Minds and Freedom Writers, to name a few), Cantet has outfitted Bégaudeau with a melting pot of cultural and racial variants to contend with, including a goth and a smart Asian kid. Unlike those films, however, there is no effort to pigeonhole these identities, nor is there any effort to sanctify François. Though it garners much of its action through simple debate, one of the film's central dramas concerns François accusing two of his students of "acting like skanks." The teacher never becomes characterized as sinner or saint, and it reveals a great deal of depth in Cantet's material.

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Laurent Cantet - Sunday 25th May 2008 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

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Heading South Review


Excellent
Heading South is a sun-splashed trip to an unusual place -- Haiti -- and an unusual time -- the turbulent '70s, when the Duvalier dictatorship terrorized the country and drove it into the ruin in which it remains today.

But down at the beach, things are beautiful. The upscale resort at which most of the film takes place is popular with women of a certain age who come alone not just for the weather but for the attention of the local beach boys who wander around, strike up flirtations, and provide sexual favors in exchange for gifts.

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Human Resources Review


Extraordinary
"Human Resources" usually refers to the department that deals with employee relations (i.e. where they hire and fire them), but taken literally it also means dealing with the resources that make us human. This powerful French film, directed by Laurent Cantet, clearly means to use the term ironically with a slight leaning toward the latter definition.

Frank (Jalil Lespert) comes home from a business College to work a summer internship in the management office with the same company that employs his father (Jean-Claude Vallod) who is a factory worker there. Right from the start, Human Resources sets up the contentious scenario of father versus son, but it's a credit to the intelligence of the script, by Laurent Cantet and Gilles Marchand, that it doesn't follow a plot line that you would expect it to.

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Les Sanguinaires Review


OK
A group of slacker French people decide the upcoming millennium is going to be too plastic and annoying, so they head to a small island off the coast of the country. Soon they're annoying each other, and a donkey ends up dead. In 68 minutes, we're treated to a crude digest of L'Avventura as seen through the eyes of a bunch of hopeless Francs. Part of the "2000 Seen By" series of films about the eve of the millennium, none of which anyone seems to have seen.

Time Out Review


Very Good
Laurent Cantet effectively captures difficult feelings in Time Out, a French film about a family man who pretends to start a prominent job. Vincent (Aurélien Recoing) drives around Switzerland, pretending to be useful, trying to put up a successful façade while he crumbles inside.

Ennui and discontent aren't exactly propelling forces, which is why Time Out falls a bit flat. It isn't that the film is inadequate -- far from it. Like a long stretch of unemployment, too much dissatisfaction can lose its charm.

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Laurent Cantet Movies

Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang Movie Review

Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang Movie Review

Gifted filmmaker Cantet (The Class) packs this fascinating story with vivid characters, but fails to...

The Class Movie Review

The Class Movie Review

Based on the French best-seller Entre le Murs, which literally translates into "Between the Walls,"...

Heading South Movie Review

Heading South Movie Review

Heading South is a sun-splashed trip to an unusual place -- Haiti -- and an...

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Time Out Movie Review

Time Out Movie Review

Laurent Cantet effectively captures difficult feelings in Time Out, a French film about a family...

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