Foxfire (2012) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Foxfire (2012)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes, sex scene, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:


  • Starring:

    Raven Adamson, Katie Coseni, Madeleine Bisson, Claire Mazerolle, Paige Moyles, Rachael Nyhuus, Lindsay Rolland-Mills, Alexandria Ferguson, Ian Matthews, Ali Liebert

  • Directed by:

    Laurent Cantent

  • Running time:

    143 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)


    People are gang-raped (implied), shot, molested, kicked, beaten, threatened at gunpoint, kidnapped, hooded, hassled, grabbed, pushed, shoved, slapped, mugged, threatened at knife-point, hit with objects, robbed, terrorised, teased with a snake, mocked, bullied. A man makes sexual advances toward his niece. Target practice, ransom demand, gunshots, graffiti, property damage, vehicle theft, dangerous driving, vehicle rollover, stealing. Yelling, screaming, arguing. Nazi, torture mentioned. Blood/gore: Home-made tattooing, bruising, bullet wound. Blood on backs, heads, hands, objects, clothing. Man on stretcher (newspaper photograph). Skulls (museum) seen.


    Kissing (male-female; female-female), flirting, propositioning. Sexual-themed banter, finger gestures, sexual slang. Girls in bras, girl in underwear. Nightwear swimwear. Cleavage. Provocative dancing. Sexual promiscuity mentioned.


    Alcohol (beer, cocktails, spirits). Girls share a joint. Doing drugs, reefer mentioned. A man is accused of being a drunk. Smoking.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastards, n-word. Name-calling, belittling, mocking. Derogatory terms for women. Obscene graffiti, obscene finger gestures. Religious references. Gender, cultural, era stereotypes.


    Sisterhood, gangs, 1950s America, revenge, harassment, liberation, animal rights, misogyny, feminism, rebellion, juvenile detention, communes, empowerment, survival, budgeting, crime, conflict, writing, typing, memoir, trust, equality, kidnapping.


    Deceased mothers, school expulsions mentioned. Man leaving 7-month-pregnant wife mentioned. Courtroom setting. Snake, flock of birds, pigeon, dogs. Steak, lamb eaten. Bonfire. Also known as Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang. Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates.


    Evocative, absorbing, well-written. Strong performances from believable cast. Promising start. Good period re-creation. Fascinating story. Good sense of time and place. Outstanding debut from Raven Adamson. Resonant themes. Realistic soundtrack.


    Dull, yawn-inducing, overlong, cold, objective, overextended, disconcerted, limited, anti-male, forgettable, stilted, creaky, contrived. Plays out like a TV movie, bland script, bland direction, sloppy editing, forced tone, blurred motivations, lacks drama/narrative tension, awkward dialogue, thin characterisation, seriously lags in the middle, bloated storytelling.

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