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A new provocation from the director of
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.
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…
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…
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…
Okay, wow, holy fuck. Some random notes on this:
1. I haven't been this upset with such a well-made film since Dear Zachary. And that's mostly a good thing.
2. This film casts a pissed-off eye at so many feminist concepts -- body image, the importance of purity and virginity, how easily coerced young girls can be, the importance of love and sex, society's focus on young girls as sexual objects, the list could go on. Except for one particular scene which really threw me off-guard, none of these are approached in a way that betrays an overly *deep breath* man-hating viewpoint of the world -- up until that particular scene, this film is just an examination of the possible…
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I hated everyone in this movie.
One of the most unabashedly feminist films I've ever seen. Kudos to Catherine Breillat!
gasp... still recovering from the anxiety attack
The ending came out of nowhere and now i'm sad
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I was totally loving this until the end, so I guess I'm one of those people who had a problem with it, yes. I really didn't see the point of the abrupt tone shift starting with the highway scene which was pretty much a red herring and then the unrealness of the murder scene and that last odd freeze frame. I don't think they merge well with the rest of the film and they end up muddling the themes that were so aptly explored prior to that derailment.
I didn't see too many people commenting on the cinematography, which I thought was exquisite. The color palette has got to be one of the most beautiful of the 00's and there…
The ending retroactively ruins every thing good that came before it. I recommend turning it off before the last ten minutes if you want to avoid forcing yourself to take a thirty minute shower. Cause I want to save the environment, you guys.
Just watch and wait. Looks like typical teenage movie, but it is... Little different in the end.
THAT ENDING. i saw reviews beforehand, was expecting something to happen but not THAT. overall movie left me feeling disgusted. it got so many things right that are wrong with society and it's view on female sexuality. another reason why i love french cinematography.
innovative means of cinematic meditation and,
thus, freshly developed processes of perception.
inspired by Michelle Arf's 'New Ideas for Film'…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…