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36 Fillette

Delphine Zentout , Etienne Chicot , Catherine Breillat    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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While on vacation with her family, fourteen year old Lili vows to lose her virginity. She attracts the attention of a good looking, middle-aged playboy and with the skill of an adult and the naivete of a child, she seduces him. Her involvement with this older man and a chance encounter with a musician further her journey toward sexual awakening.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Curiously unsatisfying, but not bad... March 26 2003
I first saw this film in an arthouse cinema when it was released, and I remember feeling that the film seemed a bit unsatisfying. I was rather hoping that Lili would actually make love to her much-older beau, but they seemed to be limited to hand jobs and oral sex (the first time she finally appears nude, late in the film, this is all they do; she hides under the bedsheets while he disappears with some other woman, and she is left, naked and crying, in the bed).
Yet this is a decent film, and not the unbridled kiddie porn that so many reviewers here might have had it be (although I'm really thinking of "The Lover," I believe Delphine Zentout had to be at least 18 at the time the film was shot). What I find fascinating about these films is the fact that I know women whose sexual development is much like those of the female leads in these films. Lili even reminds me, now, of my fiancee in both physical and sexual aspect and, to some degree, psychological aspect. She (Lili) is a troubled girl with a deep and rarely satisfied desire to break free of her family, and her sexual pursuits provide her what little relief she can find, even on holiday.
Definitely worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Transcends the American brat style July 7 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is a love story off the beaten track clearly in the tradition of Louis Malle and Francois Truffaut, told without prudishness or gratuitous violence.
The title refers to a children's dress size that the 14-year-old lead, Lili, played with snap by Delphine Zentout, is bursting out of. Billed as a "French Lolita," Zentout is not all that fetching at first glance. She's a chubbette with light skin and thick black hair and not exactly pretty. But she has intriguing eyes and a saucy way about her.
Lili is "discovering" her sexuality, but won't let herself be impregnated. The playboy, played with grace and economy by Etienne Chicot, falls in love with her in spite of himself and "tolerates" her reluctance while being partially satisfied in other ways, one of which we used to call a "cold f..." They are a believable match because sexually they are equal: she precocious, he experienced.
Catherine Beillet directs without sentimentality while guiding Zentout to an interpretation that transcends the American brat style and leads us to a thoughtful view of feminine sexuality.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A French Lolita (Or an attempt) June 14 2000
This is the story of a young french girl rebelling against her family while on a french camping trip (which is basically like staying in a trailer park) near the beach. In the film she gets caught up with an older man and sends him, herself and her brother, on a roller coaster of emotion with this "taboo" relationship.
Though the plot behind the film is good, I find it to be not well executed. You watch the movie (which is rather short) and you get to the end and are left thinking, "what was the point?" or "why?". It lacks the basic beauty that is usually found it French films, and it lacks substance. Also, the casting was not done very well. You watch a girl who is supposed to be a somewhat innocent 14 year old virgin, and she looks and acts much older. Perhaps it's just me, and my friends, I don't know.
Overall, I give this film two stars because of one because it is watchable, and because of the effort. It's not one of the worst French films ever, but it is very, VERY far from being one of the best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, terrible transfer Sept. 2 2002
Fox Lorber seems determined to make viewing their DVD transfers hard work. Their murky, dim DVDs are particularly frustrating, since many of their titles are truly wonderful foreign films. This picture, 36 FILLETTE, is touted as a "French LOLITA," but in many ways, is more reminiscent of [movie title] The young heroine has a grating perverse streak (only blind-and-deaf lust can explain why her older suitor doesn't bind and gag her mid-tirade), but she's nonetheless touching and real; all her anger and venom seem mere cover for a palpable sense of longing. Director Briellat, as usual, rushes into areas of female sexuality where angels fear to tread, here with moving results. The heroine's sly smile in the film's final frame's earned, and you're glad for her. Persevere through this lousy transfer; the picture's worth it.
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