All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
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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…
Re-watching for the podcast.
You just gotta be fucking kidding me
Uuuugh. It's disastrous.
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Always a bit concerning to start a movie late in the evening (started this one at midnight), but I needn't have worried, as Breillat's film is so consistently absorbing in ways that few films are. It had me from the first music cue. The lengthy bedroom scenes—the first seduction-manipulation and the later sisterly bonding—are obvious standouts; but there's so much impressive detail in the margins: from the swimming pool love triangle to the shot of Anaïs on the beach to the mother's detached nonchalance. And then, there's that bombshell of an ending. Understandable that most people don't know what to do with the ending, as it's genuinely discomfiting, visceral, ostensibly contradictory and provocative in ways that most filmmakers could…
FAT GIRL was one thing for like 83 minutes, and something completely else for the last 3. Hard to get my head around it. Beautifully shot and very well acted.
Oh, Fernando! You cheeky cheeky bastard!
Years ago, during the "You Don't Know Shit About Film" days, JAMES recounted a tale of a movie he had seen one night.
Ever since that day, I'd been fascinated by "Fat Girl" and now that I've finally seen it, I can tell you why.
"Fat Girl" is a french film that explores major coming of age themes like insecurity, sexuality and sibling relationships. Leave it to the French to make a movie about a hot ass 15 year old losing her virginity to a college guy while her younger sister watches. (Don't worry, she gets fucked in the ass first).
Really, the main point of interest I had with the film back in high school was this absurd ending…
I have no words after watching this movie. I loved it so much. I was so entranced by this movie. My eyes never left the screen. Just ugh.
Brilliant movie with a wtf ending. The story revolves around two sisters spending time together during a family holiday. Unable to freely roam around due to parental supervision, they get closer by finding ways to detour their parent's rigid rules.
There are so many different angles that would speak to different mindsets, but what spoke the loudest to me was the way humans relate to each other depending on aesthetics. The thin beautiful sister is on an emotional rollercoaster, experiencing love, lust, fear, sadness and joy whilst , the fat quiet sister is void of any sort of emotion or action, apart from her robotic tendency to stuff food in her mouth. Even the way she relates to the food…
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…