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30 October 1996 (USA) See more »
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Early one morning Valerie has to tell her unemployed boyfriend Remi that she is pregnant. She has decided to keep the child... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Virginie Ledoyen ... Valérie Sergent

Benoît Magimel ... Rémi
Dominique Valadié ... Valérie's mother
Michel Bompoil ... Jean-Marc
Véra Briole ... Sabine
Toni Cecchinato ... Italian man
Virginie Emane ... Fatiah
Jean-Claude Frissung
Hervé Gamelin ... Jean
Guillemette Grobon ... Mme Charles
Catherine Guittoneau ... Jean's lover
Thang-Long ... Mr. Tranh
Aladin Reibel ... M. Sarre
Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc ... Patrice
Giulia Urso ... Italian woman
Matéo Blanc ... Fabien, the child
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Directed by
Benoît Jacquot 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jérôme Beaujour 
Benoît Jacquot 

Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne .... producer
Brigitte Faure .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Caroline Champetier 
 
Film Editing by
Pascale Chavance 
 
Casting by
Frédérique Moidon 
 
Production Design by
Louis Soubrier 
 
Makeup Department
Evelyne Byot .... key makeup artist
Bernard Floch .... makeup artist
Christian Gruau .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ariel Askénazi .... production manager
Daniel Baschieri .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Audrey Robert .... second assistant director
Antoine Santana .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Jacques Descomps .... sound assistant: auditorium
Thierry Laborie .... foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... dubbing mixer
Stéphane Thiébaut .... sound mixer
Vinca Vermesse .... sound assistant
Michel Vionnet .... sound
 
Stunts
Alain Guerillot .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurent Hincelin .... assistant camera
Julien Hirsch .... assistant camera
Pierre-Yves Le Mée .... key grip
Lionel Rigothier .... assistant camera
Christian Weyers .... gaffer
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
 
Editorial Department
Hélène Catuhe .... assistant editor
Julia Gregory .... assistant editor
Gwenola Heaulme .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Virginie Barbay .... script supervisor
Roland Vallet .... administrator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La fille seule" - France (original title)
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90 min | Argentina:96 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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English Title: "A Single Girl".See more »

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Life as it is - a film in real time -- but what was the point?, 27 December 2001
Author: Dilip Barman (barman@jhu.edu) from Durham, NC (USA)

I picked up "La Fille seule" ("A Single Girl"; French, 1995, with English subtitles) on video tonight and just finished watching it with a friend of mine. Neither of us really understood what the film was about or what its message was.

Nominally, the film shows a morning in the life of Valérie (Virginie Ledoyen), a woman probably in her early 20s, and her having to tell her unemployed and uninspiring boyfriend, Rémi (Benoît Magimel), that she is pregnant. It is also the first day of work for her, after being unemployed for a year or so. Much of the elapsed time depicted in the film is on the job - she works delivering room service meals to guests at a fancy hotel in Paris. The story is revealed in real time - when Valérie walks, we follow her until she gets where she is going, and then continue our almost voyeuristic tailgating of her. The shooting gives an impression of hand-held filming.

I enjoyed the concept of showing life as it is with time neither compressed nor played backwards or forwards. We see all of Valérie's morning - her walks down long corridors and rides up and down the hotel elevators delivering food, her signing of her employment contract, her washing her hands in a bathroom - everything. However, this becomes a bit monotonous - which could have been the director's goal - and I found myself imagining scene transitions and cuts to integrate the story's meaningful montages and leave out irrelevant trivia.

I didn't really understand what message we're supposed to glean. Valérie is surprisingly bereft of much emotion in most of the film; is "A Single Girl" a simple tale of the possibly mindless dehumanization some work can inflict on us? A depiction of monotony of real life? I don't think so. Maybe just an experimental play with time? That could be, but it could have been much more clever and interesting.

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