A Real Young Girl

"Une Vraie Jeune Fille, Catherine Breillats first feature film, was shelved for 25 years, apparently because the moral/aesthetic disgust could not be overcome at the time. It was released for the first time this year, and immediately re-ignited the scandal occasioned by Breillats last feature, Romance."
Kay Armatage, Toronto International Film Festival Catalogue
"A surreal voyage into adolescent sexuality."
A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES
"An intelligent coming-of-age story about a girl who realizes, for better or for worse, that there is no turning back."
John Petrakis

Synopsis

Centring on Alice Bonnard, a young girl attending Saint-Sulvien Girl's College, and takes place during a summer in the turbulent sixties. Alice comes homes to spend her holidays with her parents in the Landes region. They run a sawmill where they employ a young man, Jim. Business isn't going well, although Mr. and Mrs. Bonnard are too proud to admit it and Jim's nonchalant attitude about his job doesn't help things. Alice is attracted to Jim, but she's too scared to let him know it, believing that as far as he's concerned she doesn't exist. Her tumescent sexuality begins to obsess her. She becomes fascinated with the excretions, juices and smells of her own body as well as with the slimy oozings and putrid detritus of the natural world. The film gives few clues to distinguish the girl's fantasies from the events of her life. This is fitting, as the entire film revolves around the girl and her own perceptions.
Original Languages: French
Genre: Drama|World Cinema
Running Time: 93 min.
Year: 1976

CREDITS

CAST
Charlotte Alexandra (Alice Bonnard)
DIRECTED BY
Catherine Breillat

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