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A Very Curious Girl (1969)

La fiancée du pirate (original title)
An oppressed and exploited young woman (Marie) begins charging for her sexual favors and completely disrupts the smug patriarchal capitalist society of the village of Tellier.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marie
... Gaston Duvalier (Tonton Duvalier)
Henri Czarniak ... Julien (as Henry Czarniak)
Claire Maurier ... Irène
... Le Duc
Jean Parédès ... M. Paul, dit La Tisane
Pascal Mazzotti ... L'abbé Dard
... Félix Lechat
Francis Lax ... Emile
... André
Jacques Masson ... Hippolyte
Marcel Pérès ... Pépé
Micha Bayard ... La Goulette (Mélanie Lechat)
Claire Olivier ... La mère de Marie
Renée Duncan ... Delphine
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An oppressed and exploited young woman (Marie) begins charging for her sexual favors and completely disrupts the smug patriarchal capitalist society of the village of Tellier. Written by English Showalter <showalte@crab.rutgers.edu>

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The story of the town amateur who lost her standing...among other things.

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3 December 1969 (France)  »

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A girl decides on vengeance...
8 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

...just as Manon des sources had done in Pagnol's film of 1952, to settle some old scores with the bigoted people in a small French town. The priest, the pharmacist, the bistro owner--they're all trying to cheat her in one way or another, and they all find her charms irresistible: no wonder, since she's played by Bernadette Lafont, the sexpot in so many films by Truffaut, Chabrol, Doniol-Valcroze, Molinaro etc. The story is flimsy, Kaplan's direction is loose and somewhat unfocused, and the viewer is left with the sense that this picture did not start a trend in French cinema (Bunuel, after all, was working the same vein at the time), nor is it the culmination of one.

I haven't seen Nelly Kaplan's other films, and don't feel any loss. I think she was more of a theorist than an auteur. The film goes along agreeably enough, and Lafont and Michel Constantin make an attractive couple, but this is hardly essential viewing.


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