A Single Girl
A Single Girl (2000)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2000
DVD Release Date: July 4, 2000
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Variety Staff

A Single Girl delivers 80 unbroken and ultimately irritating minutes in the life of a pretty hotel waitress (Virginie Ledoyen).

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

TV Guide

A hypnotic French import with next to no plot to interfere with its mesmerizing portrait of the moment to moment stuff of life.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A stunning demonstration of moral and existential suspense in relation to duration, much like Agnes Varda's 1961 Cleo From 5 to 7.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

A Single Girl shines because of Ledoyen, but sputters in not taking her character anyplace.

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Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

Jacquot finds unexpected and intriguing drama in the daily routine of a contemporary young woman.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fascinating revival of the French New Wave for a very 1990's slice-of-life film.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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.

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