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A Real Young Girl (1976)

Une vraie jeune fille (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 April 1999 (France)
Reluctantly, a sulky adolescent returns to her parents' house for yet another boring summer vacation, dabbling in desire and the art of desirability, eventually mixing reality with vision, caged fantasies with the fierce female sexuality.

Director:

Catherine Breillat

Writers:

Catherine Breillat (novel), Catherine Breillat (screenplay)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Charlotte Alexandra Charlotte Alexandra ... Alice Bonnard
Hiram Keller ... Pierre-Evariste Renard / 'Jim' / 'Earthworm Jim'
Rita Maiden ... Mrs. Bonnard (as Rita Meiden)
Bruno Balp Bruno Balp ... Mr. Bonnard
Georges Guéret Georges Guéret ... Martial (as Georges Gueret)
Shirley Stoler ... Grocer in Aupom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thierry Roland Thierry Roland ... TV commentator (voice) (archive footage)
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Storyline

Reluctantly, only child Alice Bonnard, a sulky and curious adolescent, returns to her parents' provincial farm house for yet another boring and endless end-of term vacation from boarding school, in the summer of 1963. Sadly, what awaits her there is a farce of a happy family, a strenuous generation gap, lonely outings with her bicycle and an awkward and clumsy transcendental stage between a girl's puberty and a young woman's adolescence. Nevertheless, as if by instinct, Alice the unripe explorer of her budding sexuality, she will find herself infatuated with Jim, a masculine pouting workman in her father's saw mill, dabbling in desire and the art of desirability, self-exploration and autoeroticism as an antidote to boredom. Eventually, young Alice mixing reality with vision, sexual fantasies and the fierce caged female sexuality with every visceral fluid possible, the undefined boundaries of the unfathomable realm of sex become ever so slightly clear, under an immature life's bubbly ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

A surreal voyage into adolescent sexuality.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 April 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Real Young Girl See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,788, 3 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,788, 3 June 2001
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although she is playing a 14-year-old, Charlotte Alexandra was actually 20 at the time of filming. 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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Soundtracks

Ma petite amie a fichu le camps
Lyrics by Catherine Breillat
Music by Mort Shuman
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A Real Young Girl
11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

A Real Young Girl (1976)

*** (out of 4)

Fourteen year old Alice (Charlotte Alexandra) is on summer vacation when she starts to experiment with her sexuality. Most of this has her doing things to herself but soon she starts to lust after an older guy. This was made in 1975 but the producer's were so shocked that they kept it on the shelf until 2001, after director Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl became such a hit. I enjoyed Fat Girl a lot more but this film here was pretty good, although the strong sexual content and nudity will certainly make most shy away from it. The way the director explores women's sexuality is brave to say the least.


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