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36 fillette (1988)

A night in the life of a young woman who wishes to learn and experience more of life. The men she meets have as much to learn from her as they can offer her, or more.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Delphine Zentout ...
Lili
Etienne Chicot ...
Maurice
Olivier Parnière ...
Bertrand
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Boris Golovine
Berta Domínguez D. ...
Anne-Marie
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Le père
Diane Bellego ...
Georgia
Adrienne Bonnet ...
La mère
Stéphane Moquet ...
Ca-Pe
Cécile Henry ...
Maetitia
Michel Scotto di Carlo ...
Stéphane
Anny Chasson ...
Mme Weber
Jean-Claude Binoc ...
M. Weber
Christian Lafitte ...
Le conducteur
Christian Andia ...
Portier 'Opium'
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Lili, a pouty and voluptuous 14-year-old, is caravan camping with her family in Biarritz. She's self-aware and holds her own in a café conversation with a concert pianist she meets, but she has a wild streak and she's testing her powers over men, finding that she doesn't always control her moods or actions, and she's impatient with being a virgin. She sets off with her brother to a disco, latching onto an aging playboy who is himself hot and cold to her. She is ambivalent about losing her virginity that night, willing the next, and determined by the third. The playboy's mix of depression and misogyny ends their unconsummated affair, so Lili has to hunt elsewhere. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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6 January 1989 (USA)  »

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$410,109 (USA)
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References Beau Pere (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Moon Dreams
Performed by Miles Davis
Written by Chummy MacGregor and Johnny Mercer
Edition CHAPPELL
Diques PATHE MARCONI-EMI
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the distractions of puberty
8 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In France a young girl's coming-of-age usually means going topless for the first time on the beach at San Tropez, but the young heroine of Catherine Breillat's semi-autobiographical psycho-drama is no typical teen nymphet, showing more physical and emotional maturity at the tender age of 14 (going on 24) and an instinct for sexual provocation far beyond her actual experience. Lili may look like a sullen, restless, temperamental flirt, but only to men with one thing on their mind, in particular the jaded, aging playboy who pursues her to the bitter end of infatuation. Breillat directs her own script with a cool, clinical detachment, refusing to camouflage the cold mechanics of sex with any bogus soft-focus poetry. But because the film is so confident and impersonal it may be more of a tease than Lili herself, who in the end is only using all the complicated foreplay and frustration to help find a man who might release her from the terrible burden of virginity. C'est la vie.


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