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A Real Young Girl (1976)
"Une vraie jeune fille" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  28 April 1999 (France)
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August, 1963; Alice, 14, an only child, and physically well developed, is home for vacation. She's moody, silent, keeps a diary, and explores tactile sensations with broken eggs, candle wax... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Charlotte Alexandra ...
Alice Bonnard
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Pierre-Evariste Renard / 'Jim' / 'Earthworm Jim'
Rita Maiden ...
Mrs. Bonnard (as Rita Meiden)
Bruno Balp ...
Mr. Bonnard
Georges Guéret ...
Martial (as Georges Gueret)
Shirley Stoler ...
Grocer in Aupom
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Thierry Roland ...
TV commentator (voice) (archive footage)
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August, 1963; Alice, 14, an only child, and physically well developed, is home for vacation. She's moody, silent, keeps a diary, and explores tactile sensations with broken eggs, candle wax, ear wax, vomit, urine, blood, and, perhaps, if the summer goes in one very possible direction, semen. Without her underpants, she walks about, rides her bike, and sits on the shore as the tide comes in. She drifts to her father's sawmill and makes eyes at Jim, a 20-something hand with a lean body and a model's face. What will Jim do, and does Alice want to do more than stare and fantasize? Meanwhile, pop music fills the air and the TV screen, and Alice's parents have their own drama. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A surreal voyage into adolescent sexuality.

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28 April 1999 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$4,788 (USA) (1 June 2001)

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$4,788 (USA) (1 June 2001)
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Trivia

The movie was filmed in 1975, but was not released to the public until 1999 because of the production company going bankrupt, as well as the controversy surrounding the shots of Charlotte Alexandra's vulva. See more »

Goofs

The calendar inside the doorway of the Bonnard home indicates that it's August, 1964; however, TV shows pertaining to the death of Monseigneur Fernand Maillet and the resignation of George Pompidou's first government suggest that it's only 1963, and a TV broadcast of Jacques Anquetil's fourth Tour de France victory suggests that at least one scene with the calendar is set on July 14 (Bastille Day), 1963. See more »

Quotes

Alice Bonnard: I can't accept the proximity of my face and my vagina.
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Crazy Credits

The film has no closing credits. Instead, music plays over a black screen for several minutes. See more »


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Ma petite amie a fichu le camps
Lyrics by Catherine Breillat
Music by Mort Shuman
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Only for psychosexual drama enthusiasts
29 December 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"A Real Young Girl" is a slice-of-summer-life flick which follows a 17ish school girl's sexual exploration during a summer vacation with her parents on their farm. A brave and visceral character study, this first outing for controversial auteur Catherine Breillat spends 90% of the run examining the fantasies, autoerotic experimentation, and eventual heterosexual encounters of the girl who seems sexually fascinated with all things liquid. Though the film's darkish undercurrents of sexual aberration do portend better things to come from Breillat, it is not particularly interesting as a stand alone piece. Circa 1976 with no apparent remastering, the audio/video quality is poor with color shifts and graininess. Not for those squeamish about graphic sexual content, this film should play best with those interested in psychosexual dramas (B-)


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