ARCHIVE REVIEW: Fat Girl

Fat Girl
Directed by: Catherine Breillat
Written by: Catherine Breillat
Starring: Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero De Rienzo, and Romain Goupil

Catherine Breillat is one of the most provocative filmmakers currently working today.  Unlike Michael Bay, though, her cinema is provocative because it is endlessly interesting instead of tedious.  She creates a beautiful world in Fat Girl, though it is by no means an easy film to watch.  On the surface it is an exploration of adolescent female sexuality, but once you peel back the layers it becomes much more than that.

In interviews Breillat talks of her fascination with sisters, and how she likes to explore the idea of two bodies sharing a soul.  If that is the case than the soul in Fat Girl is very much fractured.  Anaïs (Anaïs Reboux) is the title character, a mildly but not extraordinarily obese 12-year-old.  We watch her as she watches her beautiful 15-year-old sister Elena (Roxane Mesquida) lose her innocence on a seemingly innocent vacation fling with Fernando (Libero De Rienzo).

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