Mauvaises filles
Jin-joo est une mauvaise fille. Elle fume, découche, nargue ses professeurs et cause du souci à ses parents. Son père, un petit patron, n'a que ses poings pour exprimer sa peur de la voir mal tourner. Alors il la passe à tabac, régulièrement. La Corée subit la crise économique de la fin des années 1990 et la violence demeure la forme la plus simple et naturelle du contact humain. Au collège, les professeurs cognent les élèves et les anciennes rossent les nouvelles. Dans l'indifférence générale, on meurt sous les coups d'un père ou d'un petit copain. L'adolescente trouve un peu de chaleur humaine auprès de Jung-ae, fille d'un petit voyou encore plus paumée qu'elle. Une fugue improvisée les mène jusqu'au quartier des bars à hôtesses. Là, tout a le goût de la liberté, de l'interdit et de la fête. Pourtant, leur destin est en train de se jouer tragiquement...Le ton âpre et désespéré d'Ancco évoque le Céline de Mort à crédit. Vivre, c'est expier. Un instant de bonheur, d'insouciance, se paie comptant. Les hommes mènent des existences lourdes, tristes et solitaires, qui se révèlent vides de sens. "Dès qu'on met le nez dehors, constate Jin-joo, c'est plein de choses incompréhensibles." Après Aujourd'hui n'existe pas, publié par Cornélius en 2009, Mauvaises filles confirme le talent singulier d'Ancco. La construction multiplie les allers-retours entre le passé et le présent. Servie par un trait sec et précis, un noir et blanc désolé, elle rend inexorable et bouleversant ce voyage au bout de la nuit coréenne.

Mauvaises filles Details

TitleMauvaises filles
Author
LanguageFrench
ReleaseMar 24th, 2016
PublisherCornélius
ISBN-139782360811120
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics, Young Adult, Coming Of Age, Nonfiction

Mauvaises filles Review

  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    After reading a memoir at least partly about cruel physical abuse, I now read Korean-born artist Ancco's autobiographical fiction of two girls. The main character is Pearl, who looks back on her chaotic adolescence, where she was wild, stayed out late, and was beaten constantly and brutally by her father, who she admits didn't know how to help her as she became, for several years, "bad." She was beaten by teachers, by school bullies, and when she leaves home with a woman she becomes friends with After reading a memoir at least partly about cruel physical abuse, I now read Korean-born artist Ancco's autobiographical fiction of two girls. The main character is Pearl, who looks back on her chaotic adolescence, where she was wild, stayed out late, and was beaten constantly and brutally by her father, who she admits didn't know how to help her as she became, for several years, "bad." She was beaten by teachers, by school bullies, and when she leaves home with a woman she becomes friends with, Jeong-Ae, a teenager already doing sex work, who invites her to leave home and join her in a world that is also brutal. Pearl tells the story as an adult, having (somewhat) escaped her teen years. Interesting that it is called Bad Friends in that the sole source of warmth in the story is the friendship of all the girls together. It's a story of teen girl friendship in the midst of one of the rawest stories of brutality I have read. What is it with the human propensity to beat up children? Some of the warmth is conveyed, too, in the delicate pen and ink artwork. It's not fun, but it is a very good work of realism about growing up with poverty and alienation.
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  • Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    Sterk comic-dagboek over de delinquente jeugd van de auteur. Bijzondere grafiek, aangrijpend verhaal, mooie opbouw. Prix Révélation in Angoulême in 2016.
  • Roberta
    January 1, 1970
    Orribile, non avrei mai creduto che la violenza domestica in Corea fosse così... particata, normalizzata, accettata e diffusa.
  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Told from the perspective of an adult South Korean cartoonist reflecting upon her adolescence, this story by an adult South Korean cartoonist gives the impression of autobiography but is apparently fiction.Pearl and Jeong-ae are two teenage girls who have been deemed juvenile delinquents by family, classmates and teachers. In a culture steeped in domestic violence and corporal punishment, the authority figures and men in their lives either believe frequent and severe beatings will fix the girls Told from the perspective of an adult South Korean cartoonist reflecting upon her adolescence, this story by an adult South Korean cartoonist gives the impression of autobiography but is apparently fiction.Pearl and Jeong-ae are two teenage girls who have been deemed juvenile delinquents by family, classmates and teachers. In a culture steeped in domestic violence and corporal punishment, the authority figures and men in their lives either believe frequent and severe beatings will fix the girls or just plain enjoy the powerful feeling it gives them. It's horrible either way and hard to view.Early on the friends run away from home and find themselves in the world of lounge hostesses and prostitution. Though they return home, things remain a violent muddle as their lives diverge and the book wallows in Pearl's emotional misery in the past and her melancholy in the present.I could see other readers connecting powerfully with this material, but the storytelling is too disjointed and depressing for me, and the art sometimes made it difficult for me to distinguish characters.
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  • Suni
    January 1, 1970
    Educazione coreana.Un pugno nello stomaco.
  • Yuna Lee
    January 1, 1970
    amazing.
  • Francis Thibeault
    January 1, 1970
    En Corée, une jeune fille pris à fumer une cigarette est très mal vu par son entourage. Cette mauvaise perception hantera le personnage principal, Jin-joo, dans ce flash-back jeunesse qui confrontera l'auteure à ses cicatrices du passé. Avec violence (qui ne resteront jamais impunies), Ancco nous montre ici un pays rongé par la pauvreté, au système d'éducation très conservateur hébergeant des bordels partout à la ronde. L'on se prend rapidement à l'intrigue, mais l'on sent des fois qu'un détail En Corée, une jeune fille pris à fumer une cigarette est très mal vu par son entourage. Cette mauvaise perception hantera le personnage principal, Jin-joo, dans ce flash-back jeunesse qui confrontera l'auteure à ses cicatrices du passé. Avec violence (qui ne resteront jamais impunies), Ancco nous montre ici un pays rongé par la pauvreté, au système d'éducation très conservateur hébergeant des bordels partout à la ronde. L'on se prend rapidement à l'intrigue, mais l'on sent des fois qu'un détail mous a échappé entre deux cases. Malgré cela, l'on s'éprend facilement des personnage, et on leur souhaiterait un meilleur sort à chaque page. Bref, une bonne lecture pour ceux et celles qui s'intéresse aux conditions des femmes, à la maltraitance conjugale et familiale et au récit d'émancipation de l'enfance à l'âge adulte.
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  • kerrycat
    January 1, 1970
    absolutely unbelievable - the acceptance of abuse in this culture (for whatever reason) is unbelievable. the beatings at home are one thing, but the teachers, authorities, and the men (complete strangers) beating on girls as if they have every right to do so, and no one offers to help? I seriously just shook my head as I read this. the expressiveness of the girls' faces is really exceptional and conveys exactly their fears, sorrow, and ultimately acceptance, which is so sad.
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  • Shayna Ross
    January 1, 1970
    What makes a friend good or bad? When you make a bad decision due to the influence of your friend, is it solely on the friend for being a bad influence? Bad Friends analyzes these questions with a story that is a little painful and a little raw, but very telling.Sixteen-year-old Pearl lives in South Korea during the late-1990s in a relatively privileged life with a family and roof over her head until she became friends with Jeong-ae, who lives in poverty. Now running with the "bad girls," Pearl What makes a friend good or bad? When you make a bad decision due to the influence of your friend, is it solely on the friend for being a bad influence? Bad Friends analyzes these questions with a story that is a little painful and a little raw, but very telling.Sixteen-year-old Pearl lives in South Korea during the late-1990s in a relatively privileged life with a family and roof over her head until she became friends with Jeong-ae, who lives in poverty. Now running with the "bad girls," Pearl decides to rebel against her father and teachers (who all are physically abusive), slacks off in school, and ultimately runs away with Jeong-ae to try a hand at hostess work. Following this, we watch as Pearl makes a number of decisions, good and bad, as she tries to learn what living in the real world is like. Additionally, in between sections, we also read about modern Pearl many years later working as an artist and reflecting back on her decisions in being Jeong-ae's friend.As a graphic novel, it shows more clearly how Pearl lives her life down to the dark and gritty parts. It is not a pretty book, as it is not meant to be, and the scratchiness of the art really reflects on the struggles Pearl and Jeong-ae go through, even when they do not realize it themselves. If you are interested in getting an experience of South Korea during the 1990s as a high schooler, this might give you a little insight. Due to the darker nature of the story, it requires a patience and understanding because as a reader, you will likely get frustrated at Pearl's decisions with some empathy. Bad Friends is best suited for adult readers due to the content.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    The story was VERY hard to follow (am I slow??) but it was BEAUTIFUL and so worth the confusion.
  • erica
    January 1, 1970
    After first seeing Ancco’s book featured on display at Drawn & Quarterly’s store front in Montreal, I read it in a single sitting while perusing a small indie comic shop in Vancouver. Ancco’s sparse language is paired with fine pencil drawing in this graphic novel. Both of these have heavy and weighted effects. Ancco doesn’t filter her work through humour or rose coloured glasses, offering readers a stark glimpse of a childhood/teenager years filled with physical abuse, transformative friend After first seeing Ancco’s book featured on display at Drawn & Quarterly’s store front in Montreal, I read it in a single sitting while perusing a small indie comic shop in Vancouver. Ancco’s sparse language is paired with fine pencil drawing in this graphic novel. Both of these have heavy and weighted effects. Ancco doesn’t filter her work through humour or rose coloured glasses, offering readers a stark glimpse of a childhood/teenager years filled with physical abuse, transformative friendship, and survival in the mid-90’s in S Korea. This is a story that is not commonly talked about. The normalization of physical abuse in the home and school settings was very jarring to me. It left me feeling tender and raw. At the end of the book, I was left reflecting on historical trauma, heteropatriarchy, and other imperial legacies of wars past in Korea. I was left curious to know what the wider context is of this individual story, the commonality of stories like these in South Korea, and what it means for a western audience to read and engage with a story like this.
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  • Kristian Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Han Kang, Min Jin Lee, and Crystal Hana Kim have given us their own unique glimpses into the Korean peninsula's history and present, but few novels of South Korea have gone to so dark a place as Ancco's semi-autobiographical work, Bad Friends. This brief, striking vision of South Korea's early Sixth Republic presents a side of the country rarely seen in the West, one driven by alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.K-pop fans, beware. Bad Friends will shatter your illusions of a bubbly, happy South Ko Han Kang, Min Jin Lee, and Crystal Hana Kim have given us their own unique glimpses into the Korean peninsula's history and present, but few novels of South Korea have gone to so dark a place as Ancco's semi-autobiographical work, Bad Friends. This brief, striking vision of South Korea's early Sixth Republic presents a side of the country rarely seen in the West, one driven by alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.K-pop fans, beware. Bad Friends will shatter your illusions of a bubbly, happy South Korea. Ancco's depiction of her badly behaved, teenage heroines, Pearl and Jeong-ae, is as much a reflection on their society as on the girls themselves. Coming from abusive homes headed by incompetent and cruel adults, and spending their days in schools run by the same, the titular friends live in a society very much marked by its military dictatorship past. Previous Korean Republics haunt the margins of Bad Friends, and are to blame, at least in part, for how completely the adults in Pearl and Jeong-ae's lives fail them.Ultimately, no one among Bad Friends' cast emerges blameless. The girls who plan to run away in one instant abandon one another in the next. Parents remain abusive and distant. School officials feel justified in their beratement of students. Somewhere in the midst of all this constant disappointment in our fellow man, however, Ancco has managed to tell a compelling, universal story of doing the best you can and still failing to be good enough. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.
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  • Presley
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel made me a little depressed because of the subject matter but the art is superb. The inkiness reflects the dark times that Pearl goes through in her adolescence. There’s a lot of self-introspection that goes on, and a lot of it has to do with Pearl’s childhood friend, with whom she had dreams. The adults in this book are awful, thinking that violence will rehabilitate a child’s bad behaviour. Personally, I think that Pearl just needed someone to be kind to her.
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  • MKK
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in one sitting. A harrowing tale of violence, abuse, pain, and turmoil. Not sure I could really find a silver lining other than the resilience of Pearl to overcome these multitude levels of abuse. Be prepared for brutal and stark cartooning mixed with haunting, almost distant artwork. The kind of portrayal that makes child abuse common. Powerful
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    The story was alright, but I found it a little difficult to follow at times. It kind of jumped around, which I wasn't a fan of. I did like that it focused on female friendship over time, but this didn't really stick with me.
  • tinaathena
    January 1, 1970
    Seemingly flawless translation. The foreground details were so well done that they felt like my own memories. The crude faces really added to the horror of some of the people's actions. The plain storytelling made this all the more bleak.
  • Nelliamoci
    January 1, 1970
    Il primo graphic novel letto nel 2019 è un’opera dura, difficile da digerire, eppure fondamentale per capire la potenza di tavole costruite sulla denuncia della violenza. Edito da Canicola, Ragazze cattive di Ancco è una storia che fa male al cuore, un uragano di botte e una totale assenza di rispetto e dignità da far raggelare il sangue, soprattutto quando il tema è la violenza domestica, quella che rimane chiusa fra le mura di casa per poi esplodere in strada e a scuola.https://justanotherpoin Il primo graphic novel letto nel 2019 è un’opera dura, difficile da digerire, eppure fondamentale per capire la potenza di tavole costruite sulla denuncia della violenza. Edito da Canicola, Ragazze cattive di Ancco è una storia che fa male al cuore, un uragano di botte e una totale assenza di rispetto e dignità da far raggelare il sangue, soprattutto quando il tema è la violenza domestica, quella che rimane chiusa fra le mura di casa per poi esplodere in strada e a scuola.https://justanotherpoint.wordpress.co...
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  • Romany
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before. Growing up in Korea, two girls have terrible early lives. They find solace in each other sometimes. At other times... not so much.
  • Jeanette Paak
    January 1, 1970
    I went to the bookstore just to browse and found this one. I didn’t know what to expect but man I left there with feeling...a lot of feelings. The story takes place in Korea and the narrator/main character (Pearl) mainly focuses and talks about her best friend (Jeong-ae) from high school. Jeong-ae has an abusive alcoholic father and a mother who is never home. She has seen and dealt with the worse kind of abuse. She introduces Pearl to her messy world and they run away together for one night. An I went to the bookstore just to browse and found this one. I didn’t know what to expect but man I left there with feeling...a lot of feelings. The story takes place in Korea and the narrator/main character (Pearl) mainly focuses and talks about her best friend (Jeong-ae) from high school. Jeong-ae has an abusive alcoholic father and a mother who is never home. She has seen and dealt with the worse kind of abuse. She introduces Pearl to her messy world and they run away together for one night. Andddd so and so happens. I’m not gunna ruin it. It’s just so sad. Pearl is naive and pure, and she constantly worries about Jeong-ae’s well being. Jeong-ae is tough and she convinces herself that she knows how to take care of herself. She also looks after Pearl in the best way she knows how to. She has good intentions but goes about it in a terrible way. I feel like when they’re together they are in their own world trying to tune everything out. Omg I’m going to cry now. The illustrations in this book really set the mood for this dark story. But I do have to admit the characters look too similar (which is so annoying cuz they’re Korean and I don’t want this to feed into people’s mind that all Asians look alike because bitch no we dont!). If you don’t focus too much on whose who at first and focus on the story, it eventually falls into place. I feel weird saying I love this graphic novel cuz it’s so depressing but hey I thrive on sad things. It really did make me feel something.
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  • More Bedside Books
    January 1, 1970
    Friendships formed for specific points of our lives, whether dissolving as easily as they arose or, ending in regrettable ways always add something to our lives, sometimes lingering well beyond our last encounter. The Korean comic Bad Friends by Ancco charts a circuitous path from the forged friendship of two teenagers Pearl and Jeong-Ae together as classmates, delinquents, runaways and hostesses, to eventual sudden separation. Pearl grows up in an environment where abuse is around every corner, Friendships formed for specific points of our lives, whether dissolving as easily as they arose or, ending in regrettable ways always add something to our lives, sometimes lingering well beyond our last encounter. The Korean comic Bad Friends by Ancco charts a circuitous path from the forged friendship of two teenagers Pearl and Jeong-Ae together as classmates, delinquents, runaways and hostesses, to eventual sudden separation. Pearl grows up in an environment where abuse is around every corner, in relationships, at school and home, affected as well by the Asian financial crisis hitting South Korea in the late 90s. She smokes, drinks, stays out late and has a group of friends from questionable backgrounds, so called bad friends. In this context things like having an intact nuclear family can be thought of as fortune or, a source of shame and beatings must mean there is at least some sort of consideration given to you. In such a situation you can wildly rebel, or you can get smart. Pearl survives and gets out. Her closest friend more experienced, pragmatic and seemingly adaptable Jeong-Ae does not escape. Painfully, Pearl still more than a decade removed tries to find the reasons why and if anything might have changed the outcome. Ancco is an artist that has already received acclaim in her native South Korea as well as overseas, the Prix Révélation only one award in recognition of her talent. Bad Friends translated to English by Janet Hong published in the fall of 2018 introduces her work to new readers, the critical reception appearing to be similar. It’s easy to see why in the nonchalant yet brutal manner of this graphic novel. I do not choose to say brutal lightly with content warnings for domestic violence, verbal and physical abuse by teachers and students, sex work, sexual abuse and assault. Yet, there is something despite the horror on page after page and dark ink filling pages that threatens to swell and swallow its characters that is instead buoyant like Pearl herself. One reviewer on the back-cover states “You’ll find a piece of yourself in this book.” Indeed. The reader could find themselves in the same quiet moments at night, having much to think on. Hopefully, with similar distance and perspective as its adult protagonist looking back.
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  • 0000000
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Unexpectedly dark. The cover should come with a warning about the contents, which would be rated at least 15+ (maybe 13+ w/ permission slip) for violence and language. It is not a typical wholesome story about youth. It paints a grim picture of the pipeline for all those girls who mysteriously populate the corrupt nightclubs that are constantly portrayed in Korean shows. The art will not soften the landing, either, since it is that gritty, viciously unflattering contemporary Korean st 3.5 stars. Unexpectedly dark. The cover should come with a warning about the contents, which would be rated at least 15+ (maybe 13+ w/ permission slip) for violence and language. It is not a typical wholesome story about youth. It paints a grim picture of the pipeline for all those girls who mysteriously populate the corrupt nightclubs that are constantly portrayed in Korean shows. The art will not soften the landing, either, since it is that gritty, viciously unflattering contemporary Korean style of caricature. I had trouble distinguishing between the characters given the non-linear storytelling, and often had to fill in the blanks. This story would be far better contained in a cinematic medium. It's nuts to offer this material as manhwa in the first place, so it is shocking they chose to also translate this into English. Korean dialogue in informal, shady spaces is condensed into such terse slang that it always sounds bizarrely bloated in translation. I know without confirming that the translator was forced to use much longer English phrases to explain what would have in Korean taken at most 2-3 syllables to say. This was too ambitious a project, and too raw a topic, to fit comfortably into a highly disorganized 173-page graphic novel. Even if it (I assume just barely) worked in the original Korean, it doesn't work in English.
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  • Kate Atherton
    January 1, 1970
    Though there were several passages of this book, series of merely a few pages I had a hard time following this book is haunting, both in its atmospheric drawings and in its subject matter. “Bad Friends” is a fictionalized memoir that hops between timelines of the main character Pearl’s childhood and her adventures with her ‘bad influence’ best friend Jeong-ae who eventually runs away before finishing middle school and Pearl currently, and her grown up life as a cartoonist, still with a dent in h Though there were several passages of this book, series of merely a few pages I had a hard time following this book is haunting, both in its atmospheric drawings and in its subject matter. “Bad Friends” is a fictionalized memoir that hops between timelines of the main character Pearl’s childhood and her adventures with her ‘bad influence’ best friend Jeong-ae who eventually runs away before finishing middle school and Pearl currently, and her grown up life as a cartoonist, still with a dent in her skull from her father hitting her with a badminton racket. This book reads so true, so rooted in personal experience and is deeply sad and moving.
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  • Miklo
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book hard-hitting at times, but thats the point I guess. Really poignant and well written, with just the right amount of detail. I found sometimes that the way the story was being told got me a bit mixed up with who the narrator was referring to in certain scenes, but apart from that it was a good read overall.
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  • Popzara Press
    January 1, 1970
    "Can be hard to read thanks to the abuse it touches on, but it’s a great friendship story that’s not bad at all."Read full review at Popzara Press.
  • Taina
    January 1, 1970
    Väkivallan ja köyhyyden värittämää kahden teinitytön elämää Koreassa 1990-luvun lopulla. Tarina on ravisuttava ja synkkä. Pidin, mutta piirrosjälki ei ollut minun makuun ja tarina hyppi sen verran eri suuntiin, että sitä oli vaikea seurata. Kuitenkin lisää uutta korealaista sarjakuvaa, kiitos!
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  • Erin Stuhlsatz
    January 1, 1970
    This was super bizarre. I was in the mood for a graphic novel, and it was very quick, but the story's pacing was hard for me to follow, and I just didn't really like it.
  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    very disjointed at times and kind of hard to follow / emotional connection to the characters wasn’t always there because of this format. regardless, when it hurt, it really hurt. beautiful art, too!!
  • Zach
    January 1, 1970
    bleak and dark and few of such infrequent bursts of light that i almost couldn't finish it.
  • Emma Phelps
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars. This book was brutal and the art made it even harder since it was so graphic. But the ending will definitely stick with me.
  • Chiara WinterGarten
    January 1, 1970
    3,5
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