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Fat Girl (└ ma soeur!) (2001)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 23

The controversial Fat Girl is an unflinchingly harsh but powerful look at female adolescence.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 3

The controversial Fat Girl is an unflinchingly harsh but powerful look at female adolescence.

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Director Catherine Breillat, who courted international controversy with her film Romance, once again pushed the envelope with this disturbing (if somewhat less explicit) look at adolescent sexuality. Ana´s (Ana´s Reboux) is a 12-year-old girl with a weight problem and a downbeat disposition growing up in a family which offers her little in the way of understanding and affection. Ana´s has a typically adolescent love/hate relationship with her slimmer and prettier 15-year-old sister, Elena

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[Features a] shocking, ambiguous ending.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Bold but unrelenting in its depiction of both physical and emotional aggression, Fat Girl will be bracing for those open to its challenges and brutal for those who aren't.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A strange, discomfiting and fascinating film about the horrors of adolescence.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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It's compelling, honest, poignant, somewhat sad and, at the end, very disturbing -- in short, quite a good movie.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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This is not one of [Breillat's] better efforts.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Anais is not an object of pity or fun. She simply is. And after seeing Fat Girl, we understand her why and how.

February 14, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I first saw Fat Girl upon its original US theatrical release in 2001. I left the theater exhilarated. Three years on, I feel I had been fooled.

October 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

For women, especially those who have sisters, it should be a must-see.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

While Fat Girl is graphic and shocking, it is a more compelling argument than Romance.

September 19, 2002
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Don't encourage Breillat by watching her self-indulgent, utterly unenjoyable and shallow little exposÚ.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

The relationship between the girls is the most complicated in the picture, a Gordian knot of affection, resentment, envy, jealousy and intellectual sparring.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Breillat is a skilled director, who has created a troubling film that examines the simple pleasures of the human condition for young people and puts a complex spin on it.

June 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not subtle and certainly not a film that protects anyone's sensibilities. For this, and for Catherine Breillat's understanding of the pain of youth, it's well worth watching.

May 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Blunt and polarizing, Breillat's brilliant film captures something so vividly imaginative and compounding in a search for risky titilation at the expense of eager self-discovering teen virgins.

March 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

[Reboux's] heartbreaking performance makes the movie quite watchable in spite of its obvious flaws.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Few Hollywood child actors could pull off anything close to what Reboux and Mesquida achieve.

February 21, 2002 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

No other film released so far this year is likely to generate as much discussion afterward.

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

A bracing antidote/response to the sleazy teen-oriented sex comedies that are churned out on an assembly line by mainstream Hollywood.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Between the scenes of teen-porn that are the film's main purpose ... Breillat indulges the penchant she showed in Romance for pretentious, idiotic dialogue.

January 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Fat Girl (└ ma soeur!)

I didn┤t know Catherine Breillat┤s work, so it was quiet a good surprise. The movie is very realistic and it shows perfectly the sisters relationship (love and hate) and the excitement, fear and all feelings around the first sexual experience.

I don┤t think the end is supposed to shock. From the first scene we know that something is going to happen, even tending to think that Ana´s is going to do something against Elena. When they are driving home and later, in the car, after Elena comes back from the bathroom, it gets obvious. Experimenting her sexuality through her sister┤s, when Ana´s says Elena to not think about Fernando and sleep it seems that she┤s saying: just sleep, now it┤s my turn. She doesn┤t try to escape from the murder, she barely tries to resist; she knows that it┤s something inevitable as much as it is to a guy falling in love or be attracted to her sister. She doesn┤t seem shocked or sad with her mother and sister┤s death, but satisfied for knowing how it┤s to be desirable - wrongly thinking, of course - and free (or something alike) of the heavily presence (and beauty) of Elena.
February 8, 2012
5oclockcoffee

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I have mixed feelings on this storyline, firstly it articulates the feelings of these two very young girls in a realistic sense, I?m sure many ladies out there watching this film will relate to this with nostalgia and can draw an understanding of the circumstances.

Secondly though, it was no doubt controversial and an uncomfortable watch in parts, especially with the nudity, I guess, the disturbing feel is what you are supposed to feel with this storyline, of course you can see it?s purpose yet almost wish it wasn?t necessary.

It cleverly unravelled the manipulation from the male, which is targeted, obviously to the girl because of her age.

Finally the ending, which was totally unexpected, sums up the whole theme of the film and the different view points in which the girls have about their first sexual experience and does not logically make sense, but, I guess the beauty of this film is that, it is illogical and told through the eyes of the innocent.
April 3, 2009
76Majikat

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This is a film that could not have been made in Hollywood. The social restraints (not to mention the legal ones) would not have permitted it, at least not in its present form. Fat Girl is quite frank and matter-of-fact in the depiction of adolescents in sexual situations. This adds to the impact of the picture but undoubtedly limits its accessibility to American audiences. Its not mainstream cinema, it was never intended to be, but I, for one, found its honesty refreshing.

...plus, if the ending doesn't give you one of those jaw-dropping, did-I-just-see-what-I-thought-I-saw moments then you're not paying attention.
February 4, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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this is a startlingly frank feminist film about the way society judges women and the way we internalize that as girls. the sisters' relationship seemed really natural and even sweet at times and there are funny moments but i must say...this made me as uncomfortable as anything i've seen since todd solondz's happiness. the ending is so disturbing that my mind recoiled. alot of people won't like this film but it has a definite point to make and i think it did that powerfully. i'm interested in seeing more of breillat's work
November 27, 2008
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Stella Dallas

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