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
A strong first film for Breillat, for sure. It almost counters Lolita in how the precocious young protagonist maintains control, not just of the men who pursue her, but of her process of sexually discovery, which seems more focused on sensation, like touch, than with sex itself.
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.
El despertar sexual de una adolescente se manifiesta con el lado salvaje e instintivo del hombre. Lo grotesco, lo masoquista, lo fetichista e inclusive lo perturbador, se revelan en todo el alrededor de esta joven. Todos de pronto funcionan como canales de fuga para que sueñe con su iniciación sexual. Otro punto a contemplar del filme es un logrado diseño artístico.
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.
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.