- Actors: Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero de Rienzo, Arsinée Khanjian, Romain Goupil
- Directors: Catherine Breillat
- Format: DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Criterion
- Release Date: May 10 2011
- Run Time: 86 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004NWPY5C
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,648 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Fat Girl (Criterion) [Blu-Ray] (Version française)
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Twelve-year-old Anaïs is fat. Her sister, fifteen-year-old Elena, is a beauty. While the girls are on vacation with their parents, Anaïs tags along while Elena explores the dreary seaside town. Elena meets Fernando, an Italian law student; he seduces her with promises of love, and the ever watchful Anaïs bears witness to the corruption of her sister’s innocence. Fat Girl (À ma soeur!) is not only a portrayal of female adolescent sexuality and the complicated bond between siblings but also a shocking assertion by the always controversial Catherine Breillat (Romance, The Last Mistress) that violent oppression exists at the core of male-female relations.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• High-definition digital restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
• Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Fat Girl
• Two interviews with director Catherine Breillat, one conducted the night after the film’s world premiere at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival, the other a look back at the film’s production and alternate ending
• French and U.S. theatrical trailers
• Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau, a 2001 interview with Breillat, and a piece by Breillat on the title
Top Customer Reviews
"Fat Girl" isn't a perfect movie. Many people will find it too slow, too static, not enough "happening" to keep their attention. But there is a lot going on--it's just under the skin, where most movies don't typically look. One example of the movie's insight comes when that no-good Fernando gives Elena a ring as a token of his "love", except that how he obtained it and under what pretenses only comes out later to paint the whole thing with a double layer of irony. Another moment comes when we see the sisters together, using words that are both hurtful and reassuring. They are unquestionably in competition, but they are also still sisters, and perhaps they cannot help but care about each other.
The end of "Fat Girl" contains a development so sudden and unexpected that it derails the film for many people. They actually get angry about it. They feel betrayed by the movie--betrayed that it spends so much time involving us emotionally in these characters, only to do something that seems entirely arbitrary. I felt betrayed as well, until I realized something--the betrayal we feel, as viewers, is very much the same betrayal that the girls themselves feel for having been treated so badly by their parents, by a prospective lover, and by each other. No, the ending will not work for every audience, but it has an audacity and a guiding sensibility, and it is nowhere nearly as arbitrary as you might want to think. Criterion! That one word alone should make this a must-have if you're interested in the film.
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These extra features include 'Making of Fat Girl'(5:39), Interview w/Catherine Breillat(9:56), 2001 Berlin Film Festival(11:48), and a Theatrical Trailer which includes the French(1:10) and U.S.(1:21) versions of Fat Girl. I enjoyed getting the extra scenes and alternate ending in addition to some behind-the-scenes footage.
This is a movie of the relationship between two sisters; a beautiful one who attracts men who wish to seduce her, and her younger sister who is obese, but is the stronger of the persons, and the stronger character in the film. The sisters are close, and confide in each other even with the tension between siblings always present. The handsome Italian young man who is the seducer is a young man on the prowl, who will say anything to get his goal. Of Breillat's movies, I can see why this won so many foreign film awards in 2001. This is a good movie of relationships and character and growing up and dealing with emotions. The special features (interviews) give good background into Breillat's thinking about film making. Four stars is perhaps a bit generous, but three stars cheats this film. For a DVD issued by Criterion, I do not understand why they put the subtitles on the film, rather than in the black letterbox edge. But that may be because widescreen aspect TV sets would then cut off the subtitles. Anyway, a minor point.