Bad Girls: The Review


- Release date : 23/11/2022
- Original title : Rimini
- Film length: 1:11 a.m.
- Director: Merance Dubas
- Screenwriters: Merance Dubas


There are probably thousands of them by the time you read this review. Thousands of young girls have been welcomed into the houses of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd founded in 1835. These houses played a major role after the Second World War and until the end of the 1970s when the juvenile justice was born in France, because they took in all the girls there who did not fit the norm: bad girls.

For these single mothers, these lost girls who do not meet parental or school requirements, victims of parental violence or even rape, Bon Pasteur seemed to be a chance for them to be able to benefit from support towards a better life. Unfortunately for them, they will be victims of abuse and generalized mistreatment which will remain taboo for a very long time within French society.

Four of these bad girls who had been placed in these reformatories during their adolescence testify before the Dubas camera of their experiences and terrifying facts confirming the existence of an institutionalized system of violence. Their testimonies are moving, because they confront us with terrible things that we could not really have imagined the existence, especially coming from a religious institution. Beyond the derivatives of this one, it is all the inhumanity of an era which shocks by its inability to take care of its children because they were girls. Worse still, as they did not fit into the boxes expected of them, they were systematically punished without asking the slightest question of the consequences on their development.

veline, dith, Fabienne, Michle and Marie-Christine, our four bad girls have all become mothers and the director has succeeded in putting them in the right conditions for them to give themselves up to us as they have never done before with their loved ones. Thus, despite their completely edifying remarks, there is no complacency on the part of the director who has managed to find the ideal positioning. Personalities are then revealed to us who impress with their resilience and humor as a catharsis.

We emerge from bad girls moved and jostled as rarely, but also delighted to contribute to the release of the word of victims unknown and yet inevitably present in our entourage. Hoping that taking an interest in them will help ensure that the abuse they have suffered can never be perpetrated again!



Rebellious, rebellious, misunderstood or simply unloved. Like so many other women, Dith, Michle, Veline and Fabienne were placed in a reformatory as teenagers.

Today, carried by an incredible force of life, each one tells her story and reveals the overwhelming fate reserved for these “Bad Girls” until the end of the 1970s in France.



- Photography : Isabelle Razanet, Gertrude Baillot
- Assembly : Nina Khada, Jean-Marie Dussardier
- Music : Marek Hunhap
- Producers: Frdric Fraud, The Wild Eye Films
- Distributer : ArizonaCast




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Bad Girls: The Review