36 Fillette (1987)
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as Boris Golovine
as Lili's Father
as Lili's Mother
as J.-P. Lili's Brother
Critic Reviews for 36 Fillette
The Jan Brady of the filmmaker's trilogy of puberty-agonizing explorers
Audience Reviews for 36 Fillette
Humbert Humbert: Our Hero? The dvd jacket to 36 FILLETTE bills it as "the French Lolita," and while I've never seen Lolita, the only positive thing that I can say about this film is that it's cool to see a female coming of age story, since it's a male dominated story-type. That's where my praise ends, though. 36 FILLETTE is essentially about a girl on a crash course with future emotional problems. She has some psychological complex about sex where she is both fascinated and repulsed by it. The filmmaker seems to think that the best way to show this is to make everything an ambiguous teeter-totter: when an older playboy that she "picks up" (though who picked up to is up for debate) talks about sex, she bristles, but whenever she talks about sex, he bristles. It's just absurd. More absurd is the fact that she is 14. Blah, it's all just a pretty rotten set up and, while I suppose it maybe might possible be read by some small number of people as being about female sexual freedom, it strikes me as exploitative, aimless, and boring.
A coming of age tale about a French Lolita. It's a difficult subject matter but never exploitive. It's only a short film but it is incredibly slow at times with lots of walking and sitting around waiting which can drag on at times.
I agree with the most recent review put forward by Cynthia M...whoever the heck that is. I like Breillat films because I find them so disturbing on so many levels. There is nothing quite like a decent film that remains in your mind for years afterwards.
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