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Catherine Breillat – Une vraie jeune fille AKA A Real Young Girl (1976)

Une vraie jeune fille (1976)
Une vraie jeune fille (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.

The story centres on Alice Bonnard, a young girl attending Saint-Sulvien Girl’s College, and takes place during a summer in the turbulent sixties. Alice comes homes to spend her holidays with her parents in the Landes region. They run a sawmill where they employ a young man, Jim. Business isn’t going well, although Mr. and Mrs. Bonnard are too proud to admit it and Jim’s nonchalant attitude about his job doesn’t help things. Alice is attracted to Jim, but she’s too scared to let him know it, believing that as far as he’s concerned she doesn’t exist. Her tumescent sexuality begins to obsess her. She becomes fascinated with the excretions, juices and smells of her own body as well as with the slimy oozings and putrid detritus of the natural world. The film gives few clues to distinguish the girl’s fantasies from the events of her life. This is fitting, as the entire film revolves around the girl and her own perceptions. The heightened realism of the direction and cinematography produces a text that refuses either to accuse or to exploit.

Une vraie jeune fille (1976)
Une vraie jeune fille (1976)
Une vraie jeune fille (1976)

Container: Matroska
Runtime: 1 h 33 min
Size: 3.43 GiB
Codec: x264
Resolution: 1800x1080
Aspect ratio: 5:3
Frame rate: 24.000 fps
Bit rate: 4 932 kb/s
BPP: 0.106
#1: French 2.0ch AAC LC @ 320 kb/s

Subtitles:English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian

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