Une Vraie Jeune Fille

on June 01, 2001 by Kevin Courrier
   After the international acclaim for her controversial feature "Romance," director Catherine Breillat has finally had her debut feature released after being kept on the shelf for the last 25 years. It's certainly worth the wait. The film may lack the assurance of her later work, like "36 Fillette" and "Romance," but it's definitely a warm-up for her frank and unhypocritical exploration of female sexuality.

   Charlotte Alexandra plays a young girl who comes home from boarding school during summer break. While she hangs out at the family home, being quite bored, she goes through her sexual awakening into young womanhood.

   Breillat brings a healthy fascination towards a woman's tumescent urges. She sees them as something much broader than simply a fetish, or a masochistic indulgence. In "Une Vraie Jeune Fille," Breillat never separates sex from character. Despite 25 years in limbo, the film still has the capacity to deliver a few jolts.    Starring Charlotte Alexandra, Hiram Keller, Rita Meiden and Bruno Balp. Directed and written by Catherine Breillat. Produced by Andre Genoves. No distributor set. Drama. French language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 93 min.

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