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A Real Young Girl ()

Une vraie jeune fille (original title)
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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.

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Charlotte Alexandra ...
Alice Bonnard
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Pierre-Evariste Renard / 'Jim' / 'Earthworm Jim'
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Mrs. Bonnard (as Rita Meiden)
Bruno Balp ...
Mr. Bonnard
Georges Guéret ...
Martial (as Georges Gueret)
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Grocer in Aupom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thierry Roland ...
TV commentator (archiveFootage) (voice)
Marie-Hélène Breillat ...
Voice of Alice Bonnard (uncredited) (voice)
Alexandra Gouveia ...
Martine (uncredited)
Carmelo Petix ...
L'exhibitionniste (uncredited)
Georges Pompidou ...
Self (on TV) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Christian Valentin ...
Le chanteur (uncredited)

Directed by

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Catherine Breillat

Written by

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Catherine Breillat ... (novel "Le soupirail")
 
Catherine Breillat ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Guy Azzi ... executive producer
Pierre-Richard Muller ... executive producer: Artédis
André Génovès ... producer: Les Films la Boétie (uncredited)

Music by

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Mort Shuman ... (as Mort Schuman)

Cinematography by

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Pierre Fattori
Patrick Godaert

Film Editing by

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Annie Charrier
Michele Queyroy ... (as Michèle Queyroy)

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Catherine Breillat ... (uncredited)

Production Management

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Jean Guillaume ... unit production manager

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Philippe Lang ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Guy Chichignoud ... sound
Bernard Mangière ... sound (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jean-Claude Couty ... first assistant camera
Maurice Giraud ... camera operator
Patrick Godaert ... assistant camera

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Jean-François Lepetit ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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 French Pop soundtrack. Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines A surreal voyage into adolescent sexuality. See more »
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Also Known As
  • A True Young Girl (World-wide, English title)
  • A Real Young Lady (World-wide, English title)
  • Une Vraie Jeune Fille (India, English title)
  • A Real Young Girl (United States)
  • A Real Young Girl (United Kingdom)
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  • 93 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Nobuyoshi Araki/The Music of X: The Soundtrack of Sex/Catherine Breillat (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Ma petite amie a fichu le camps See more »
Crazy Credits The film has no closing credits. Instead, music plays over a black screen for several minutes. See more »
Quotes Alice Bonnard: I hate people. They complicate me.
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