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A Single Girl (1995)

La fille seule (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama | 30 October 1996 (USA)
One morning Valerie has to tell her unemployed boyfriend Remi that she is pregnant. She has decided to keep the child, but they argue whether they should break up or not. That same day she starts working in room service at a smart hotel.

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Benoît Jacquot
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginie Ledoyen ... Valérie
Benoît Magimel ... Rémi / Valérie's boyfriend
Dominique Valadié Dominique Valadié ... Valérie's mother
Michel Bompoil Michel Bompoil ... Jean-Marc / vale
Véra Briole Véra Briole ... Sabine
Toni Cecchinato Toni Cecchinato ... Italian man
Virginie Emane Virginie Emane ... Fatiah / chambermaid
Jean-Claude Frissung Jean-Claude Frissung
Hervé Gamelin Hervé Gamelin ... Jean / customer
Guillemette Grobon Guillemette Grobon ... Mme Charles
Catherine Guittoneau Catherine Guittoneau ... Jean's lover
Thang-Long Thang-Long ... Mr. Tranh
Aladin Reibel Aladin Reibel ... M. Sarre
Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc ... Patrice
Giulia Urso Giulia Urso ... Italian woman
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One morning Valerie has to tell her unemployed boyfriend Remi that she is pregnant. She has decided to keep the child, but they argue whether they should break up or not. That same day she starts working in room service at a smart hotel.

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Drama

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tense, beautiful, touching film
20 February 2004 | by eyeseehotSee all my reviews

Valerie tells her boyfriend she's pregnant, he's not sure what he wants. She's mad, but hoping he'll somehow turn around. The unsettled uncertain back and forth is very real. She seems better than the boyfriend, but doesn't quite know it.

Then off to work at a new job in a hotel. Rhythm varies with the headlong speedy movement of work and occasional moments grabbed for a nap or a smoke. Tensions with staff and guests make you worry about this young girl: any situation could explode. She seems calm outwardly, but you gradually get a sense of the roiling interior. Will she crack under the pressure? Mysteries--why is she so cold to the black co-worker? Racism? Worry? You're not quite sure. At moments things loosen up, the girl shows attitude to the point you think she might get fired. Can she be that tough, that self-confident? In a way, yes. She turns out to be an amazing character who almost thinks she's ordinary, though she knows the men are after her like a pack of wolves. She's young, you worry for her, but she can take care of herself. In the end she seems awesomely, unfathomably self-sufficient.

This movie seems to be about female power. A good pairing would be with Sautet's A Simple Story, about an older woman also outwardly ordinary (though beautiful) but with amazing contained power, a kind of integrity beyond any men she encounters.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$230,049

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$230,049
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Cinéa, La Sept Cinéma See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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