By Joyce Carol Oates
Un quartier populaire d’une petite ville de l’État de long island dans les années 1950. Cinq lycéennes, pour survivre et se venger des humiliations qu’elles ont subies, concluent un pacte, à l. a. vie, à los angeles mort : elles seront le gang Foxfire. l. a. haine, et surtout celle des hommes, va les entraîner dans une impitoyable équipée sauvage.
«Qu’est-ce qui a donc poussé Laurent Cantet à tenter l’aventure d’un movie d’époque en s’attelant à l’adaptation d’un roman de Joyce Carol Oates situé dans l’Amérique des années cinquante ? [Il] fait sien le matériau de l. a. romancière américaine pour dérouler un nouveau récit d’apprentissage qui pose los angeles query ardente du passage du monde de l’enfance à celui des adultes.»
Vincent Thabourey, Positif, janvier 2013
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Billy was marching with his hands on top of his head, and so were all the other Americans. Billy was bobbing up-and-down, up-and-down. Now he crashed into Roland Weary accidentally. ''I beg your pardon,'' he said. Weary's eyes were tearful also. Weary was crying because of horrible pains in his feet. The hinged clogs were transforming his feet into blood puddings. At each road intersection Billy's group was joined by more Americans with their hands on top of their haloed heads. Billy had smiled for them all.
They had had several blowouts on the way. ''It was worth the trip,'' said Billy's mother raptly. '' Billy hated the canyon. He was sure that he was going to fall in. His mother touched him, and he wet his pants. There were other tourists looking down into the canyon, too, and a ranger was there to answer questions. A Frenchman who had come all the way from France asked the ranger in broken English if many people committed suicide by jumping in. ''Yes, sir,'' said the ranger. '' So it goes. And Billy took a very short trip through time, made a peewee jump of only ten days, so he was still twelve, still touring the West with his family.
It was he who had given Billy morphine. There wasn't a real doctor in the compound, so the doctoring was up to him. '' he asked Derby. '' Derby now came to lugubrious attention. ''No, no—please—as you were. '' Derby remained standing. ''You seem older than the rest,'' said the colonel. Derby told him he was forty-five, which was two years older than the colonel. The colonel said that the other Americans had all shaved now, that Billy and Derby were the only two still with beards. And he said, ''You know—we've had to imagine the war here, and we have imagined that it was being fought by aging men like ourselves.