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443 Ratings

A Real Young Girl

Une vraie jeune fille

Directed by Catherine Breillat
France, 1976


Reluctantly, a sulky adolescent returns to her parents’ house for yet another boring summer vacation, dabbling in desire and the art of desirability, eventually mixing reality with vision, caged fantasies with the fierce female sexuality.

Our take

Deemed obscene for its fearless depiction of teenage sexuality, A Real Young Girl did not receive a proper release until 2001. A landmark film debut from rebel Catherine Breillat that, in hindsight, first introduces the controversial themes the filmmaker has subsequently dedicated her career to.

A Real Young Girl Directed by Catherine Breillat

Critics reviews

As indicated by the promotional image of its young heroine sitting open-legged on railroad tracks with her hand covering her bare crotch, A Real Young Girl invites the comparisons that would earn Breillat the moniker “auteur of porn”. Yet the performer’s defiant stare into the camera – a gaze repeatedly taken up by Breillat’s female protagonists to come – announces the film’s confrontational aims to deliberately disrupt voyeuristic pleasure and to desecrate fantasies of girlhood sexuality.
September 15, 2016
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I was really taken by A Real Young Girl as I had never seen anything so direct and honest about female sexuality. It could be mistaken for porn, but in my experience it was about truth, about the fact that women are truly, beautifully horny! It was a correction of the sex perception about women because of it I felt my coyness – and also respect for Catherine.
September 07, 2015

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