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Fat Girl (2001) More at IMDbPro »À ma soeur! (original title)

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Fat Girl -- Twelve-year-old Anaïs is fat. Her sister, Elena, is a teenage beauty. While on vacation with their parents, Anaïs tags along with Elena as she explores the dreary seaside town.
Fat Girl -- Twelve-year-old Anaïs is fat. Her sister, Elena, is a teenage beauty. While on vacation with their parents, Anaïs tags along with Elena as she explores the dreary seaside town.

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Release Date:
7 March 2001 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
A new provocation from the director of "Romance"
Plot:
A Ma Soeur! is a provocative and shocking drama about sibling rivalry, family discord and relationships... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Better than expected tale of adolescent sexuality See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Anaïs Reboux ... Anaïs Pingot

Roxane Mesquida ... Elena Pingot

Libero De Rienzo ... Fernando

Arsinée Khanjian ... Mother
Romain Goupil ... François Pingot / Father
Laura Betti ... 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 Sese ... Police Officer
Marc Samuel ... Inspector
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Directed by
Catherine Breillat 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Catherine Breillat 

Produced by
Conchita Airoldi .... co-producer: Urania Pictures
Jean-François Lepetit .... producer: Flach Film
 
Cinematography by
Giorgos Arvanitis 
 
Film Editing by
Pascale Chavance 
 
Casting by
Fabrice Bigot 
Gilles Cannatella 
Olivier Carbone 
Nicolas Lublin 
Michaël Weill 
 
Production Design by
François-Renaud Labarthe 
 
Set Decoration by
Cécilia Blom 
Fabienne David 
Christophe Graziani 
Fabrice Héraud 
Gérald Lemaire 
Jean-Luc Molle 
Yann Richard 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Dunsford  (as Anne Dunsford-Varenne)
Catherine Meillan 
 
Makeup Department
Dominique Colladant .... special makeup effects artist
Monique Kaiser .... assistant makeup artist
Claire Monatte .... key makeup artist
Patrick Peloille .... key hair stylist
Fabien Tuizat .... assistant special makeup effects
 
Production Management
Bernard Brun .... post-production supervisor
Pierre Cordonnier .... assistant unit manager
Fredy Lagrost .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrice Bigot .... second assistant director
David Santini .... third assistant director
Michaël Weill .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Marie Chapuis .... painter
Max-Olivier Ducout .... construction manager
Pascal Guyot .... constructor
François Hennequin .... painter
Alexis Jorand .... painter
Christian Lionel .... constructor
Guy Lionel .... painter
Françoise Malaplate .... painter
Julien Poitou-Weber .... property master
Roger Saillard .... constructor
Pierre Eric Yakovenko .... constructor
 
Sound Department
Salim Amrani .... sound mixer
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Frédéric Attal .... sound editor
Erwan Kerzanet .... sound assistant
Sylvain Lasseur .... sound editor
Jean Minondo .... sound
Jean-Max Morise .... post-synchronization engineer
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Olivier Villette .... sound assistant
 
Stunts
Francis Bataille .... stunts
Gilbert Bataille .... stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Gaëlle Cohen .... stunts
David Julienne .... stunts
Michel Julienne .... assistant stunt coordinator
Michel Norman .... car dolly stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Andron .... grip
Yorgos Angelou .... key grip
Marcel Berthomier .... grip
Lucilio Da Costa Pais .... electrician (as Lucilio Da Costa)
Thierry Engler .... electrician
Olivier Fortin .... first assistant camera
Philippe Grunebaum .... grip
Amar Kabouche .... electrician
Jonathan Kruger .... still photographer
Izet Kutlovac .... electrician
Hervé Lafont .... still photographer
Christophe Le Caro .... second assistant camera
Manuel Lopes .... electrician
Jacques Monge .... Steadicam operator
Dominique Quérou .... electrician
Olivier Regent .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janet Latimer .... costumer
Janine Schlumberger .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Frédéric Barbe .... second assistant editor
Jean-Marc Grégois .... color timer
Gwenola Heaulme .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jean-Paul Jamot .... musician: guitar
Fabrice Nguyen Thai .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
Jerome Albertini .... production assistant (as Jérôme Albertini)
Eric Aufèvre .... production assistant
Patricia Bales .... publicist
Sophie Bellavoine .... teacher
Lysiane Biagini .... production assistant
Arnaud Boudet .... production assistant
Marie-Agnès Brossaud .... production administrator
Pierre Cordonnier .... production assistant
Sébastien Coulet .... production assistant
Murielle Cusey .... production administrator
Claude Davy .... press attache
Dominique Frizat .... production administrator
Marion Gaillard .... production assistant
Marie-Christine Gauchée .... production administrator
Patrice Guillain .... technical consultant: police
Phil Hall .... film publicist
Fabrice Joly .... production assistant
Lionel Kopp .... title designer
Marc Lenormand .... production assistant
Michelle Masseyeff .... production assistant
Héléna Mendes .... assistant to producer
Philippe Mestanier .... chiropractor
Sébastien Meunier .... ripper
Michel Norman .... travelling car
Alexandre Putman .... ripper
Danilo Radasinovic .... ripper
Emmanuel Rigaut .... production assistant
Pascal Rodríguez .... ripper
Séverine Siaut .... script supervisor
François Stacke .... production assistant
Jean-Luc Staincq .... ripper
Fabrice Sébille .... ripper (as Fabrice Sebille)
 
Thanks
Marie-Hélène Breillat .... thanks
Claire Clouzot .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"À ma soeur!" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:86 min | France:83 min | UK:81 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Brazil:12 | Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2005) | Canada:R (Ontario) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-18 (original rating) | Finland:K-15 (re-rating) | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:(Banned) (original rating) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) (uncut) | South Korea:Limited (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating on appeal) (uncut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (TV rating) | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (2002) (cut) | USA:Unrated
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Trivia:
Anaïs Reboux's mother lied to her about her dog dying in order to get her to cry for the crying scenes.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Police Officer:She says he took her in the woods, but he didn't rape her.
Anaïs Pingot:If you don't want to believe me, then don't.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Teens (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Vene CarnevaleSee more »

FAQ

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Better than expected tale of adolescent sexuality, 11 March 2002
Author: Craig Wood (boneycmw@yahoo.co.uk) from Leicester, England

Directed by the 'controversial' Catherine Breillat (she showed a hard-on in her last movie, 'Romance'), the story revolves around a family on holiday with two adolescent sisters, the chubby 13 year old Anaïs (played by Anaïs Reboux) and the rather more svelte Elena (Roxane Mesquida) who is two years her senior, although rather less mature. Both girls are still virgins, although Elena is clearly aware of the power of her beauty over the opposite sex. Effortlessly she pulls Italian law student Fernando (Libero De Rienzo, with whom she begins an intense relationship. Fernando talks of love, but is obviously keen for sex. Poor Anaïs is unfortunately sharing a room with the pair as they fumble towards a deflowering. Indeed, this is one of the most beguiling scenes in the movie; you feel awkward bearing witness to what is going on - the constant demands of Fernando for 'a demonstration of love', which after refusals brings forth the sorts of coercing phrases regarding anal sex that so many girls must dread to hear.

The animosity is often intense between the sisters, Anaïs' bitterness towards her sister combined with a resigned maturity that only rejection and frustration can breed. But at the same time there are wonderful scenes of the two sharing sisterly moments; albeit with bile never far away. The point is well made, the bond is there, no matter how much of a bitch Elena can be. Anaïs is such a lost, sad character; the melancholic beauty of one scene on the beach where she is singing to herself whilst Elena and Fernando 'make out' is incredible. Also well portrayed is the relationship with the parents. Mother is very much like Elena; Father is a workaholic who hates holidays and returns home before the others. Although the parents are mostly secondary in the story, you sense that they tend to reinforce Anaïs insecurities and knock her down further. This is exemplified in the scene the morning after the first Elena & Fernando night together. Anaïs is clearly really low, crying and choked. Her parents offer zero warmth, the only solace coming from a still caustic Elena shoving bread into her mouth to comfort her.

The story climaxes as the sisters and their mother return home from their holiday, after a gloriously comic scene where Fernando's mother (Laura Betti) visits to reclaim a precious ring that he had given to Elena as an engagement ring. The journey toward home is fantastically shot; the claustrophobia of motorway driving - especially since the mother doesn't like driving, and is pretty p****d at Elena's antics and Anaïs' miserableness - metaphoring the unease between the three, even more so as night wears on and mother becomes more wary of the huge dangerous lorries that she overtakes incautiously on the freeway. If I was an absolute ponce (or totally fearless), I would say these trucks are a metaphor for the male predatory sexuality against the tiny feminine car (which still manages to nimbly overtake at will most of the time). But I'm not (?), so I won't. Anyway, the ending comes as a huge shock. So I'm not going to tell you it. But safe to say you don't leave the cinema with a laugh and a giggle.

Overall, I was actually surprised by how deep this story was; there was only one gratuitous erection, and even that was covered by a condom. A brave attempt to analyse adolescent female sexuality, often leaving an unplesant taste in the mouth, but well worth a go if you're in the mood.

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