Disobedient, rebellious, misunderstood or simply unloved. Like so many other women in France, Édith, Michèle, Éveline and Fabienne were placed in a reformatory as teenagers. Today, carried by an incredible strength of life, they tell their stories and reveal the shocking fate awaiting these "bad girls" until the end of the 1970s.
"Emérance Dubas' Mauvaises Filles makes its world premiere and immediately joins the ranks of great documentaries of social, societal and historical scope by revealing the fate of thousands of young girls who were placed in the institutions of the Good Shepherd congregation. Initiated in 2015 and developed within the Fémis documentary workshop, Emérance Dubas' first feature film lifts the veil on unspeakable and unimaginable treatments to restore the truth. “There are things I have never said”. Thus begins this powerful series of testimonies, confidences & traumas shared by Edith, Michèle, Eveline and Fabienne, filmed with modesty and subtlety. They tell us about their adolescence marked by humiliations and mistreatments, their descent into hell in these reformatories, the degrading hygienic conditions, the successive stays in isolation rooms, and the outrage made to their femininity, among so many other terrors they experienced. There are serious consequences and traumas. But “today I am healing” and with this film “there will remain traces of this dog’s life”. Mauvaises filles is an intimate, political and sororal film. A remarkable, resilient and absolutely necessary work, of intense humanity. "
Justine Lévêque - Directrice Artistique
Éveline, Michèle, Fabienne and Édith