Fat Girl (└ ma soeur!)
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Director Catherine Breillat, who courted international controversy with her film Romance, once again pushed the envelope with this disturbing (if somewhat less explicit) look at adolescent sexuality. Ana´s (Ana´s Reboux) is a 12-year-old girl with a weight problem and a downbeat disposition growing up in a family which offers her little in the way of understanding and affection. Ana´s has a typically adolescent love/hate relationship with her slimmer and prettier 15-year-old sister, Elena (Roxane Mesquida); she's at once fascinated by her sister (and the boys who follow her around), and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"[Features a] shocking, ambiguous ending."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"It's compelling, honest, poignant, somewhat sad and, at the end, very disturbing -- in short, quite a good movie."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"While Fat Girl is graphic and shocking, it is a more compelling argument than Romance."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Breillat is a skilled director, who has created a troubling film that examines the simple pleasures of the human condition for young people and puts a complex spin on it."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Bold but unrelenting in its depiction of both physical and emotional aggression, Fat Girl will be bracing for those open to its challenges and brutal for those who aren't."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"This is not one of [Breillat's] better efforts."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"I first saw Fat Girl upon its original US theatrical release in 2001. I left the theater exhilarated. Three years on, I feel I had been fooled."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Don't encourage Breillat by watching her self-indulgent, utterly unenjoyable and shallow little exposÚ."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Not subtle and certainly not a film that protects anyone's sensibilities. For this, and for Catherine Breillat's understanding of the pain of youth, it's well worth watching."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"A strange, discomfiting and fascinating film about the horrors of adolescence."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"Anais is not an object of pity or fun. She simply is. And after seeing Fat Girl, we understand her why and how."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"For women, especially those who have sisters, it should be a must-see."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The relationship between the girls is the most complicated in the picture, a Gordian knot of affection, resentment, envy, jealousy and intellectual sparring."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Blunt and polarizing, Breillat's brilliant film captures something so vividly imaginative and compounding in a search for risky titilation at the expense of eager self-discovering teen virgins."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
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