Fat Girl (└ ma soeur!)
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Elena is the gorgeous fifteen-year-old who is forced to drag along pudgy twelve-year-old Anais as she trolls for boys in the cafes of a seaside resort where their family is vacationing. Treating Anais with casual cruelty, Elena smooches a handsome young Italian as her sister gorges on a banana split and later, in their shared bedroom, commands her to sleep as the twenty something Lothario climbs in through the window. As Elena is deflowered--in an extended scene of wincing black humor and exquisite accuracy--Anais writhes in fascination, envy and her own budding desire. When Elena1s… 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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