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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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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
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Thierry Roland Thierry Roland ... TV commentator (voice) (archive footage)
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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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A surreal voyage into adolescent sexuality.

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Drama

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Trivia

The movie was filmed in 1975, but was not released to the public until 1999 because of the production company going bankrupt, as well as the controversy surrounding the shots of Charlotte Alexandra's vulva. 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: Symbols don't scare me.
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Crazy Credits

The film has no closing credits. Instead, music plays over a black screen for several minutes. See more »


Soundtracks

Le danger c'est de trop aimer
Lyrics by Catherine Breillat
Music by Mort Shuman
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"A surreal voyage into adolescent sexuality"
27 June 2019 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

"A Real Young Girl" is the directing debut of French writer, screenwriter and director Catherine Breillat, known for her controversial erotic films that border with pornography, in which she signs the source novel and the script and directing. The film is extremely slow, but it is necessary for building the desired atmosphere. In the beginning, you will probably be bored, but I think the author does it deliberately, so that we can identify with how the protagonist of the story feels, a teenage girl who returns from the boarding school to a parental home for a summer break. Charlotte Alexandra plays a girl in the age when hormones drive her nuts and she has no idea what to do with herself. We've all been through this stage of growing up, but this movie stretches it to extremes. Teenagers often have strange fantasies, and a healthy dose of perversion is nothing new, but this movie is sick dirty. I have the impression that many scenes have been inserted only to disgust and shock the audience without, in any way, contributing to the story or the artistic value of the film. Or the author simply used this to work out her own morbid perversions that she could not achieve in reality. On the one hand, I was impressed by the performance and appearance of the young Charlotte, as well as the excellent characterization of her character, while on the other hand, the story is quite boring and at times repulsive. A movie like this could have been made only in the seventies.

6/10


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Language:

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Release Date:

28 April 1999 (France) See more »

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Gross USA:

$17,245

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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