So many genre films are championed for embracing violence, though sex is still viewed through puritanical eyes. This film is filthy, and as such should be embraced as an important sex "genre" film. I know Breillat to be a philosophical filmmaker, but I don't see that here; instead a series of both lucid and dreamlike events shock and entertain, massaging the ID. Makes me consider watching soft-core for enjoyment
Beautiful imagery, lovely soundtrack that says it all. Its 'strangeness' only points to all those other films where coming-of-age is so often reduced to some kind of consciousness-raising, a giggling interest in boys or falling in love, while here it is unconscious (and feminist) in a radical way, experiencing the body (fluids), getting interested not in boys but in things 'disgusting.' For the rest, see the songs.
A realistic depiction of a teen girl's "coming of age" and deeply surreal in its more graphic imagery. It's oozing with fluids, from bodily to synthetic, to underline potent but repressed girl sexuality. A memorable scene occurs when Alice is in her mother's hen house and smashes a perfectly good egg tightly in her fist, framed close-up. A slow zoom in on Alice's pretty face; "It was broken," she says. Damn girl.
Girls have awkward time because sexuality is a strangeland to their own selves. I am not hating Breillat for making it looks a little bit brutal in her films. She puts the right song for this one, "Suis-je une petite fille", true to its substance and nice song btw.
Not exciting, not sexy, not different. It seems to me like she was trying to make it seem special and failed completely. The discovery of sexuality shouldn´t be this hard to watch. The only positive point is the soundtrack - it sounds like a theme of a good movie.