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Fat Girl (2001)

À ma soeur! (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 7 March 2001 (France)
Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday.

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Cast

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Anaïs Reboux ...
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Fernando
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Mother
Romain Goupil ...
François Pingot / Father
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Fernando's Mother
Albert Goldberg ...
The Killer
Odette Barrière ...
Friend at Residence
Ann Matthijsse ...
Friend at Residence
Pierre Renverseau ...
Friend at Residence
Jean-Marc Boulanger ...
Friend at Residence
Frederick Bodin ...
Waiter
Michel Guillemin ...
Janitor
Josette Cathalan ...
Saleswoman
Claude Sésé ...
Police Officer (as Claude Sese)
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A Ma Soeur! is a provocative and shocking drama about sibling rivalry, family discord and relationships. Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, but harbouring jealousy and similar desires. Their actions, however, have unforeseen tragic consequences for the whole family. Written by Blackstar

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A new provocation from the director of "Romance"

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$31,237 (USA) (14 October 2001)

Gross:

$724,116 (USA) (23 March 2003)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Anaïs Pingot: When I hate you, I look at you and then I can't.
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The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell
Performed by David Bowie
Written by David Bowie & Reeves Gabrels
© Nipple Music & Exploded View Music
© David Bowie & Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Suddenly, Last Summer
20 November 2007 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Catherine Breillat's "Fat Girl" (2001) is an astounding movie that provides uncompromising and unblinking look at the relationship between two teenage sisters, and their first sexual experiences. The older sister, 15 years old Elena, has no problems attracting boys' attention and sexual desire and while on the family vacation, she meets an older, more experienced boy, who will say and promise anything to seduce her. There are two long, thorough and uncomfortable scenes of seducing Elena that take place in the girls' bedroom with the younger sister, 12 years old Anais, the fat girl of the title not quite asleep. Breillat remembers well what the hell it is to be a teenager, to be confused, frustrated, to think low of yourself, to be ready to enter the world of sexual relationships, to be ready for love, for intimate closeness and to pretend that you don't care about them at all. She also looks closely and with none a gram of sentimentality into siblings' and parents –daughters relationship. The scenes of cruelty and contempt the older sister treats the younger one alternate with rare but poignant moments of tenderness and understanding. Breillat takes us to places we don't go often and we don't want to go but they exist. If you've seen Brellat's movies already, you know that her outlook is not particularly happy, optimistic, or sentimental but "Fat Girl" will shock you as very few movies can. Just when you think that the movie is over and despite the disappointments, embarrassing revelations, and shameless manipulations, live goes on and has so much to offer, Breillat presents you with the final scene that is very difficult to watch and impossible to forget. It does not matter really if the final scene actually took place or was just a fantasy, just the dream projected on the screen.


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