| Une Vrai Jeune Fille
Director Catherine Breillat
Writer Catherine Breillat, based on the novel by André Génovès
Stars Charlotte Alexandra, Hiram Keller, Rita Meiden, Bruno Balp
Running time 93 minutes
Made France 1976
Reviewed by Rebort
This was the debut feature for Catherine Breillart, better known for Romance, which caused such controversy with its sexually explicit nature. Banned in France on its release in 1976, Une Vrai Jeune Fille is a raw, langorous exploration of adolescent sexuality.
The "Real Young Lady" is a mature schoolgirl who returns for her Summer holidays to the oppressive countryside home of her parents, where days are passed in dull silence, tv dinners and long, solitary walks. There is the suggestion that her father's affections reach beyond paternal to incestuous, although the girl seems unperturbed.
Distracted most of the time, she fantasises about sex with a silent-but-strong labourer in her father's sawmill and exploring ways of arousing herself. Many of the scenes are straight-up soft porn - crotch close-ups aplenty of our girl urinating, riding her bicycle or playing with herself under the dining table. Various perversions and sexual games punctutate a drawn-out and ponderous narrative. The film has a certain honesty, but the narrative is disjointed and trying.