Two young French schoolgirls, bored and left too much by themselves, decide to dedicate themselves to doing evil after reading works by French revolutionaries and anti-social types (Baudelaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau come to mind). The leader of the two instigates a number of small crimes such as torturing a cat, and tormenting the school groundskeeper by killing birds. After they eventually move on to grander things -- a black mass and murder -- they find themselves under suspicion by the police. During a school review, in their final act of self-destructive violence, the two recite nonsense verse, douse themselves in gasoline and set themselves on fire. This film was firmly censored by French authorities, but it was allowed to be seen at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.
by Clarke Fountain synopsis