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.Read more ›
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So rarefied and artificial is this milieu, that when reminders of the outside world intrude, such as financial worries, it is shocking. And this is where the film becomes especially brilliant. What seemed to have been a fascinating dramatisation of ideas culled from feminism and film theory, focusing on ideas of free will, choice, exploitation, truth, knowledge, appetite etc., the extraordinary last third reminds us that we don't always have a final say in everything we do. The mix of suspense and surprise, and the play on doubles, mirrors, sleeping and fairy tale motifs, is masterly.