Fat girl

Fat girl

DVD - 2004 | French
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An overweight twelve-year-old girl witnesses her slim, beautiful, fifteen-year-old sister's loss of virginity during a family holiday.
Publisher: New York : Criterion Collection, c2004.
ISBN: 9780780029088
0780029089
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. --

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poolman
Nov 19, 2016

I love French movies (and other European ones too) for their realistic portrayal of real people, so different from the Hollywood style of film making. I'm not an expert on teenage girls' sexuality but having lived amongst them for many years I can attest to the absolute realism of the actions, dialogue and feelings shown in this film. The fact that a lot of the dialogue is explicit and the sex certainly is (sexy but not erotic) is just the way it is in real life. There are no masks here for any of the characters, children or adults and thus I found the film gripping. Try the alternate ending and see what you think. Either ring true to the character's motivations and expressed desire.

Samsung Dec 13, 2014

This movie treats the viewer as an adult; it does not omit or gloss over events which other movies would. The approach to sexuality unfolds quickly but also at the same time, quite a bit more slowly and naturally. One must watch it to see how that works. The controversy about the movie is nothing new as far as movie controversy goes. We do not want to see ourselves in the movies and so we find some scenes "offensive". It is actually not graphic at all, and quite tastefully done while still being adult.

madison382 Dec 08, 2014

Please be warned, this move is VERY graphic. I expected more from this movie, it left me feeling depress.

Froster May 24, 2012

Not bad for Breillat, which is faint praise, but any praise whatsoever for her oeuvre is noteworthy. This one, at least, is accessible, although the titular character is singularly inexpressive. The point being made here, I believe, is the various forms of coersion, dishonesty and violence visited upon women by men in order to have sex. What's less clear is what's being said about physical beauty. But be warned, both these girls (the fatso and her pretty sister) are no pleasure, regardless of what Breillat says in the interview included in the "special features".

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jaqmartial1
Dec 15, 2011

I am surprised that this movie made it to the Criterion list....skipped through most of it....

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meloncapsule
Nov 20, 2011

Do not even waste your time with this movie. Nothing happens outside of making the viewer feel uncomfortable and bored for 99% of the movie. Then everyone is killed the end. Not even remotely worth the effort.

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