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Fat Girl (2001)

À ma soeur! (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 7 March 2001 (France)
Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday.

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Catherine Breillat

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anaïs Reboux ... Anaïs Pingot
Roxane Mesquida ... Elena Pingot
Libero De Rienzo ... Fernando
Arsinée Khanjian ... Mother
Romain Goupil Romain Goupil ... François Pingot / Father
Laura Betti ... Fernando's Mother
Albert Goldberg Albert Goldberg ... The Killer
Odette Barrière Odette Barrière ... Friend at Residence
Ann Matthijsse Ann Matthijsse ... Friend at Residence
Pierre Renverseau Pierre Renverseau ... Friend at Residence
Jean-Marc Boulanger Jean-Marc Boulanger ... Friend at Residence
Frederick Bodin Frederick Bodin ... Waiter
Michel Guillemin Michel Guillemin ... Janitor
Josette Cathalan Josette Cathalan ... Saleswoman
Claude Sésé Claude Sésé ... Police Officer (as Claude Sese)
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Storyline

A Ma Soeur! is a provocative and shocking drama about sibling rivalry, family discord and relationships. Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, but harbouring jealousy and similar desires. Their actions, however, have unforeseen tragic consequences for the whole family. Written by Blackstar

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A new provocation from the director of "Romance"

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Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian | English

Release Date:

7 March 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fat Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,237, 14 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$724,116, 23 March 2003
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A man was arrested by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency in July of 2003 for importing a copy into Canada, on the grounds that the movie constituted obscene material. See more »

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Quotes

[last lines]
Police Officer: She says he took her in the woods, but he didn't rape her.
Anaïs Pingot: If you don't want to believe me, then don't.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK theatrical version is uncut, the BBFC ordered the DVD version (released by Tartan Video) to be cut in order to achieve an "18" rating. 88 seconds were cut from a scene near the ending which depicts the rape of a 12-year old girl, as the BBFC claims the home version can be used "as part of the process of child abuse". The Australian DVD is uncut. See more »

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Fairly good film, but............
5 April 2005 | by turkamSee all my reviews

Well, I am not sure why director made the decisions she did regarding the last 15 minutes of the film. She seems to have taken a page out of Claude Chabrol's textbook, which may have been a good thing but here it feels rather forced. The film seems to be a "Last Tango in Paris" for teenagers, as a young man from Italy takes up with a French girl who has a love/hate relationship with her fat sister (the title character). As Brando did with Maria Schidner, the Italian guy uses the word 'love' to exploit the girl sexually. The good acting makes the film work, until the part I have qualms. I am not sure the credit fully belongs to the director, but like Larry Clark's "Kids," the result is a profound statement about the cruelty of adolescence. We certainly empathize with the title character, and therefore it is harder to accept certain aspects of this film. The film is one of several French films in recent years with a brutal, pessimistic tone, including "The Dreamlife of Angels" and "demonlover." This film is far better than the director's awful mess "Romance." I can see why some people either really admired or loathed this film. Objectively, no one can take away from the great acting and solid cinematography and for that reason I choose to give it 3 stars as opposed to 2 and a half.


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