A Single Girl
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As Valerie, 19-year-old Virginie Ledoyen is not just the titular Single Girl, but for all practical purposes, the entire movie. As the film opens, she meets her sullen, unemployed boyfriend Remi (Benoît Magimel) at a cafe, and reveals that she is pregnant with his child. She is not only unsure about whether she should keep the child, but whether Remi would make a decent father if she did. She is also starting a new job as room service in an expensive hotel and promises to return to the cafe in an hour and tell Remi her decision. The bulk of the film consists of a real-time study of that… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A Single Girl delivers 80 unbroken and ultimately irritating minutes in the life of a pretty hotel waitress (Virginie Ledoyen)."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Benoit Jacquot's small, dazzling film A Single Girl is so buoyant, sharp-eyed and casually sexy it comes closer than any recent movie to capturing the essence of youth itself."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A hypnotic French import with next to no plot to interfere with its mesmerizing portrait of the moment to moment stuff of life."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What's really terrific about A Single Girl is its simplicity."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"Photographed mostly in tight traveling shots with an occasional long shot evoking a sense of foreboding and entrapment, the movie is claustrophobic, harried, sexually charged."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"A stunning demonstration of moral and existential suspense in relation to duration, much like Agnes Varda's 1961 Cleo From 5 to 7."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A Single Girl shines because of Ledoyen, but sputters in not taking her character anyplace."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Jacquot finds unexpected and intriguing drama in the daily routine of a contemporary young woman."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"We are led to believe that Valarie's experiences during this hour and all that quality meditative time she spends waiting for the elevator help her to reach her important decision. But it would be presumptuous to think we have learned anything about her."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Even though nothing much happens during the course of the movie (Valerie spends over half the running time wandering around the inside of a hotel), this is a thoroughly engrossing motion picture."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A fascinating revival of the French New Wave for a very 1990's slice-of-life film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While A Single Girl ends without a sense of resolution, we do feel rewarded for having been in the presence of so lovely an actress as Ledoyen, from whom more is sure to be heard."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"...if you were to fast-forward all the scenes where there is no talking, just walking, you'd be left with a very short movie."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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