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Fat Girl(À ma soeur!)

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France, Italy · 2001
1h 26m
Director Catherine Breillat
Starring Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero De Rienzo, Arsinée Khanjian
Genre Drama

Elena is fifteen and beautiful. While she is desired by many boys, Anaïs, her younger sister, struggles with her weight. As Anaïs observes her sister's early sexual experiences, however, she sees the dishonesty and pain Elena endures.

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Asia Cureton Profile picture for Asia Cureton

This film is definitely not for everyone. Especially the film's conclusion is sure to anger many. However, this film's courage to tackle complicated and sensitive subjects is proof of Catherine Breillat's talent. At its core this film is an exploration of sexuality and how it is explored by teenage girls, and how often that desire is exploited. The film's conclusion begs us to ponder the nuances and development of female desire and sexuality, and it left me thinking about the film for the next few days. I still don't have all of the answers, and I think that is what Breillat intended. A raw and uncomfortable, but brilliant, film!

What are critics saying?


Chicago Reader by

The shocking, ambiguous ending might have been better served by the film's original, ambiguous title, "To My Sister."


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

As fascinating as it is discomfiting and as intelligent as it is primal. From first shot to last, France's foremost bad girl has made an extremely good movie -- and maybe even a great one.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

With the pitiless, devastating Fat Girl, Catherine Breillat puts men and women, boys and girls on notice: When fantasy, hypocrisy, and manipulation mix in a wet, sandy place, you dive into sex at your own risk.


Salon by Stephanie Zacharek

It's a lean, mean movie, and not a pretty one, but it leaves no question as to Breillat's angular originality as a filmmaker.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Much more than a perfectly realized vignette about seduction. It is the latest and most powerful dispatch yet from Ms. Breillat, France's most impassioned correspondent covering the war between the sexes.

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