All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
A new provocation from the director of "Romance"
Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, but harboring jealousy and similar desires. Their actions, however, have unforeseen tragic consequences for the whole family.
God dam god damn god damn. Here follows an arbitrary review of both Fat Girl and "Flawless," because both are on my mind:
My only complaints* are that this song still contextualizes female power through appearance and uses the term "bitches," which is problematic. Except, of course, Beyonce knows what the fuck she's doing. She's made an anthem. She knows what the best pop songwriters know (no idea if she wrote it; doesn't matter): you make the song about anyone, even when it isn't. So when she sings about being flawless, she's putting words into the mouths of her listeners. The chorus is what they're gonna sing along with most; the verses, with their specific references, allow them to be…
I don't want to mislead anyone who hasn't seen this film as to what it's like. It is a caustic and brutal film that assaults preconceptions of love and seduction in the most Brechtian and painful of ways. It's not a horror film by the strict definitions of genre, but at the very least, it is related to horror. Its grandmother was horror. It's one quarter horror.
But I don't really want to talk about the horror of the film. Or its commentary on the patriarchy. I'd like to talk about Fat Girl's conception of family, something skimmed over in the film sometimes despite the original French title being A Ma Soeur (To My Sister).
The popular Western conception of…
A brutal exploration of sexuality in a patriarchal society.
Sorry, but the ending is perfect.
Feminist filmmaking at its finest.
I was underwhelmed by the fact that the term provocative, which you’ll find often when scrolling through reviews and synopsises of this picture, its applicability stopped at the movie’s title. That’s what I was thinking right up until the final five minutes. Then, holy shit. I won’t spoil things for those who haven’t seen this, but holy shit. For the larger part it’s a very French tale of a teenage girl (played by a beautiful Roxane Mesquida) her sexual awakening over the course of a vacation holiday. I watched it mainly for that reason; I don’t know what it is with me, but films that give attention to sex always seem to interest me. It tickles my fancy I guess.…
I'm a little bit in love with this film, but I'll have to consider the ending some more before a second viewing (hopefully on big screen) can probably maybe vaunt it into Personal Canon status. I will offer some grain-of-salt interpretation, because I'm not sure, but: Breillat is, I think, creating a confusion of thematic coherence on purpose, pulling a very Bunuelian maneuver (the rapist reminds me greatly of the guy from Belle de Jour) to offer, to the viewer (rather than the character, which is what Bunuel does), a choice, as put eloquently in the film's last lines: "don't believe me if you don't want to". This reminded me of the closing line of Alice Munro's "How I…
Perceptive film about young sexual awakening, self-identity, familial bonds, and then an ending that left me completely chilled and devastated. I think I'll need more time to grapple with it.
nice seeing films about realistic families that don't end w everyone solving their differences and living Happily Ever After. at the same time, there are some short moments of tenderness b/w elena and anais. which is nice. the final shot, though. shiiit.
Ploddingly directed and with neither of the two leads (and especially the eponymous Fat Girl) being that convincing makes this hard to engage. There are also a number of sequences that feel like they are editing long purely to get the running time over 80 minutes. A shock ending (that feels like a outtake from Zodiac) comes across like a desperate attempt to finish a film that isn't going anywhere.
Are you serious?
I absolutely loathe moving, but if there was an upside this time, it was the sheer number of times I pulled an old DVD out of the box and went "ooh!"
Aburridona, creí que había pasado mucho tiempo, pero dura muy poco. La historia está pasable, y los actores... Sólo diré ¡órale! (Mejor dicho, el actor 😏)
Okay film that has a surprising twist to an otherwise fairly straghtforward storyline.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Well this is an interesting one. That ending really flips everything on it's head, so much so that I've been thinking and reading a lot about this for a while before even writing a word here. I've heard a lot about director Catherine Breillat before this, that she's provocative and unflinching with her films, and that's definitely proved true with Fat Girl.
Ostensibly the film is about the sexual awakening of two young teenage sisters away on vacation. Elena is slightly older and the more physically attractive of the two, while her sister Anais (the titular "fat girl") is the complete opposite, overweight and insecure. At times they're at each others throats and at others they're sharing a bond only…
Sexual oppression has been among us for so much time that there is no way to look at any sexual relation and not see something muddy about it. The ones in the losing side are always raised to hate themselves and those on their group. Makes you (me, at least) really uncomfortable about pretty much everything sex / gender related. Essential essay about the fuckening that is being conscious about the irrational and the unchosen. Unnerving nightmares of this flesh we're bound to. Didn't expect such a bleak, sickening ride.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…