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Catherine Breillat, Auteur of Porn?

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The cinema of controversial French writer and filmmaker Catherine Breillat explores sexuality and gender politics in ways no other (male) director has ever done. We believe her work is ripe for reappraisal and so we are very proud to present a double bill of two of her most intimately linked works. Existential dread, Rocco Siffredi, unsimulated sex… Pornography and Art might not be so far apart after all.

Fat Girl

Catherine Breillat France, 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.

A Real Young Girl

Catherine Breillat France, 1976

Reluctantly, a sulky adolescent returns to her parents’ house for yet another boring summer vacation, dabbling in desire and the art of desirability, eventually mixing reality with vision, caged fantasies with the fierce female sexuality.

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