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Fat Girl - Criterion Collection (2001)

Classics and Drama movie directed by Catherine Breillat

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  • Jul 20, 2013
Vacationing in a dreary coastal resort, a vapid beauty of fifteen years (Roxane Mesquida) succumbs to assignation with a seductive Roman law student (Libero De Rienzo) while her plump, saturnine sister (Anaïs Reboux) of twelve jealously surveils their congress, enacts notional trysts and ruminates on her anomie and nascent sexuality. A mutual envy binds and agonizes this sororal pair: the younger covets her sib's effortless pulchritude and sequent fulfillment while her senior dimly espies in the sulking chubbette a sagacity cultivated from neglect and yearning of which she's destitute. Breillat again elicits astounding performances from her attractive cast -- innocent of a single counterfeit gesture, Reboux is especially convincing -- but their verisimilitude is merely a means with which she expatiates seduction as a carnal inauguration, defloration as threshold, longing airt as habitual esurience, sibling fealty and rivalry as two aspects of consanguine relations and a conflux of animus and lubricity so potent that one capricious, conclusive catastrophe consummates by an invitation of grievous consequence. Breillat's contrived scenarios of greater profundity and contention, but perhaps none are so artfully augured, engaging or perversely satisfying.
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July 21, 2013
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July 20, 2013
Heeeeeeeee! :D She's a sulking chubbette, cuuuuuute! :D This capsule review is a juicy, sapid morsel :D I love it, Snuus puuus! :D Muuu! ^-^
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I have seen "Anatomy of Hell" and posted a review over a year ago but Amazon refuse to post it.........what did I say? Anyway brash, aggressive, meaningful, and yet ultimately absurd, "Fat Girl" is so intensely polarizing that it leaves no room for neutrality. Overweight Anaïs (Anaïs Reboux) is a heartbreakingly self-conscious 12-year-old girl who lives in the shadow of her blossoming older sister, Elena, who has fallen in love with Fernando (Libero De Rienzo), a smooth-talking lothario. When he …
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Fat Girl is a typically shocking, utterly discomfiting provocation from director Catherine Breillat, whose excursions into female psychology and movie sexuality are anything but clinical. (See 36 Fillette and Romance for further proof.) Two adolescent sisters journey to the seaside on vacation with their parents; the younger sister is overweight and brooding, the older girl a beauty who attracts the attention of a smooth-talking boy. Much of the film is built around two painstaking seduction scenes, characteristically shot by Breillat with both comic and horrific overtones and long, uncomfortable takes. The final section then tips into an outright descent into hell--you can never let your guard down with Breillat. So complicated were the seduction scenes that Breillat subsequently made a feature about the shooting of them, Sex Is Comedy. Fat Girl was released under an alternate title, A ma soeur!, but Fat Girl, in English, is Breillat's original and preferred title.--Robert Horton
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Director: Catherine Breillat
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 2001.2.10 (Berlin International Film Festival), 2001.3.7 (France)
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Catherine Breillat
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: CB Films, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Flach Film, Immagine e Cinema, Urania Pictures S.r.l., arte France Cinéma
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