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2,472 Ratings

Fat Girl

À ma sœur!

Directed by Catherine Breillat
France, Italy, 2001


Twelve-year-old overweight Anaïs lives in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Elena. The ever observant Anaïs watches on as her sister’s innocence is stripped away when she becomes prey to a conniving Italian law student.

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Fat Girl Directed by Catherine Breillat

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2001 | Winner: France Culture Award

Berlin International Film Festival

2001 | Winner: Manfred Salzgeber Award

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2002 | Winner: MovieZone Award

Breillat’s description of the film as a “psychological sitcom” is spot on, especially the way in which it depicts the Pignot family unit – an overworked father who barely has time for his kids, and a catatonic mother who spends more time smoking cigarettes than talking to her children. Their disregard is rather hilarious in its intensity, especially in the final car ride home, their tiny sedan pinned between hulking trucks, the gray industrial landscape invading their consciousness.
November 28, 2017
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It’s a meticulous work of genre subversion. Her career-long fixation on themes like “desire, guilt, romance and anti-romance (which are the same thing)” impress the conviction of her ongoing affront against both the pestiferous clichés and contrived iconoclasm often present in representations of female sexuality under the male gaze.
May 05, 2017
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The universe of Breillat is not one where sex is glorified, nor is female subjectivity. Her feminism resides on the ability of portraying woman at their most loving, vulnerable, cruel, detached, and thirsty. This is arguably something radically different than mainstream ideas about feminism in its provocative representations of desire, sexuality, and eroticism. It is a call to arms against the status quo; it is decidedly unapologetic, sometimes barbaric, often bittersweet, and always remarkable.
September 14, 2016
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