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Une Vraie Jeune Fille (A Real Young Girl) (A Real Young Lady) (2000)




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Directed by Catherine Breillat in 1975 but withheld from release for 25 years because Breillat's producer went bankrupt, Une Vraie Jeune Fille marked the director's feature debut. Like Breillat's controversial Romance (1999), Fille is concerned with the expression of female desire, and it takes a characteristically audacious approach to its subject. Striking close-ups of male and female genitalia, various bodily fluids, and graphic sexual fantasies make up a significant portion of the film, which charts the sexual awakening of the teenaged Alice (Charlotte Alexandra), who is vacationing with her parents in the country. Bored and restless, Alice spends much of her time lusting after Jim (Hiram Keller), a local sawmill worker. When not lusting after him, Alice fills the hours with such pursuits as writing her name on a mirror with vaginal secretions and wandering the fields with her underwear around her ankles. And, in true teenaged tradition, she spends a lot of time writing in her diary. Une Vraie Jeune Fille was adapted by Breillat from her third novel, 1974's Le soupirail, which she was commissioned to adapt for the screen by noted producer Andre Genoves.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Catherine Breillat
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 22, 2002
Wellspring Media Inc.


Rita Meiden
as The Mother
Bruno Balp
as The Father
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Critic Reviews for Une Vraie Jeune Fille (A Real Young Girl) (A Real Young Lady)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

An intelligent coming-of-age story about a girl who realizes, for better or for worse, that there's no turning back.

Full Review… | November 15, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A surreal voyage into adolescent sexuality.

Full Review… | July 19, 2001
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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March 19, 2003
AV Club
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To Breillat innocence is little more an imaginary state, something to yearn for while dealing with life, one orifice at a time

Full Review… | March 21, 2010

It plods along, from one dull scene of mundane 'ordinary' life to the next.

Full Review… | July 19, 2001
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Une Vraie Jeune Fille (A Real Young Girl) (A Real Young Lady)

[font=Century Gothic]In "A Real Young Girl", Alice(Charlotte Alexandra) is a teenager on summer break from school. When she is not laying about fantasizing about various local young men, she is exploring the countryside on her bicycle. She is also lying about the whereabouts of her report card.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]With "A Real Young Girl", Catherine Breillat makes a provocative and explicit first movie. She brings her unique sensibility to this coming of age tale. The film does tend to seem a bit amateurish, though.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Forty percent controversiality and sixty percent blah-ness. This film definitely captured the boredom of the female protagonist but transferring a character's boredom to the audience should never be a director's intention. Breillat's debut film isn't as challenging nor difficult as her later films but in A Real Young Girl she already had her filming liberties and under-age sexual liberation filming desires. The lead actress gets bored to the point of bizarrely experimenting mainly with her vagina (All shown in explicit detail) starting with self spooning and continuing with inserted earthworm fetishes while wire tied, lolling in sand, and incestuous undertones. If Breillat is attempting to gross out an audience it ain't working: the level of disgust thrown at viewers is the same as the one in Anatomy of Hell. It doesn't get to me; this viewer knows Breillat has sicker things in mind and asks if the restrictions of art house realism are worth abiding by. The film has virtually no action, it only hints at cross-generational horniness then minimally expands on it, and I'm not even sure if the uneventful trip was worth seeing the climax and moralistic ending.

Richard Cranium

THis is actually Ms Breillats first movie and her inexperience directing does show. Movie is hot but not as well made as her later features

Jeff M

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