My Little Princess (2011)





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A young girl unwittingly thrust into the media spotlight by her glamour-obsessed mother struggles with her burgeoning sexuality and her growing disdain for being exploited in the name of art. Growing up, Violetta (Anamaria Vartolomei) was never very close to her idiosyncratic mother Hanna (Isabelle Huppert). When Hanna would disappear for long stretches, Violetta spend most of her childhood being raised by her devoutly religious great-grandmother (Georgetta Leahu). The, one day, Hanna returns home to her daughter dressed up like a 1940s-era movie star. Transfixed by her mother's radiance, the young girl savors the opportunity to dress up in elaborate period garb when Hanna asks her to pose for a series of photographs. Later, some of the more sexually suggestive snapshots from the session earn Hanna high praise in the art world, reaping some unexpected consequences for Violetta when she attempts to return to school. Before long, the emotionally fragile girl has begun to grow resentful of all the attention, and when Hanna attempts to push Violetta into participating in an erotic photo session with a glam-rocker (Jethro Cave) during a trip to England, that resentment turns into outright anger, prompting a fierce battle of wills between mother and daughter.
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X-Verleih AG


Isabelle Huppert
as Hanna Giurgiu
Anamaria Vartolomei
as Violetta Giurgiu
Jethro Cave
as Updike
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
as Antoine Dupuis
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Eva Ionesco faces a real challenge in bringing this very personal story to the screen: How to make a movie about the exploitation and sexualized abuse of a child to the screen without exploiting or abusing the child actor? She almost manages to succeed. I'd rather a filmmaker err on the side of caution to avoid exploiting a child actor -- and that is what Ionesco has done. Sadly, the film is missing the bitter bite it needs. Isabelle Huppert is brilliant in the role and saves the film from failing. When she instructs her daughter to look into her camera as if looking into the evil of Hell -- it is truly chilling. No masterpiece, but worth seeing.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

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