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A Real Young Girl (Une Vraie Jeune Filles) [DVD] (1976) [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Charlotte Alexandra , Hiram Keller , Catherine Breillat    DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlotte Alexandra, Hiram Keller, Rita Maiden, Bruno Balp, Georges Guéret
  • Directors: Catherine Breillat
  • Writers: Catherine Breillat
  • Producers: André Génovès, Guy Azzi, Pierre-Richard Muller
  • Format: Import, Colour, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RRJF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
**** Review contains spoilers and refers to the Cinémoi channel screening of Une Vraie Jeune Fille ****

It is clear to see why this strange and unsettling little film was banned for so long. Close-up explicit nudity (mainly female but some male) abounds. It is certainly no turn-on though, as director Catherine Breillat juxtaposes nude scenes with images of ordure, vomit, urination, dying flies, dead dogs, cut-up-worms and (most disturbingly for me) the protracted killing of a hen. The star (that is probably the wrong word) of the proceedings is Charlotte Alexandra, playing the 14 year old Alice. I cannot find a definitive D.O.B for this actress, but it appears she was around 16 or 17 when this film was shot. Coming home from boarding school to her profoundly dysfunctional family (the downright creepy two-timing father watches television with his privates hanging out), she explores her burgeoning sexuality, firstly by herself (initially with with the yucky sticky help of the jam spoon!) and then with Jim - one of her father's labourers. Her knickers are off more often than not, as scene follows unsettling scene. The wormy bit and Alice crawling along on all fours with feathers stuck where the sun don't shine, were particularly bizarre. A few cautionary elements are introduced, as Alice's juvenile attempts to tart herself up result in a disturbing molestation by a middle-aged pervert at a fairground. This is no moral tale though. Breillat seems to have aimed primarily to shock. The killing of a character in the final scenes and the ghastly mother's unsympathetic lamentations about how the tragedy would financially ruin her, come almost as a little light relief.

I suppose the film is the product of a certain pioneering bravery which, at times, reminded me slightly of Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs but, like that latter-day attempt to bring explicit sexuality into the mainstream, Une Vraie Jeune Fille is not a film I would want to watch again.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Catherine Breillat collector 13 July 2010
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Not one of Catherine Breillat's most memorable. I liked A Brief Crossing better. She's come a long way since this early work of hers. This completes my collection of Catherine Breillat's work - until she makes another one.
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248 of 266 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Disgust makes me lucid." 3 Sep 2005
By Dymon Enlow - Published on
Entertaining (in an artsy, boring, French kind of way), but ultimately forgettable story of a sexually curious 14 year-old girl who is home from school for a month. Her parents live way back in the country side. So bored with nothing to do she lays around half-naked and fantasizes about sex.

Wait!!! Don't get too excited just yet. Yea, that might sound like a set up for the hottest movie ever made, but unfortunately this girl's fantasies suck and not in a good way but in a mid-70's, unshaved, artistic kind of way. Tied up spread eagle on the beach some sickly chain smoking dude rubs earthworms on her private parts (yuck), her overweight father watches television with his wang hanging out (barf), the girl rams bird feathers up her bum and crawls around on all fours (huh?), hey, I feel like cramming a spoon in my [...] (what?). I don't get it. I just don't understand the meaning/symbolism of somebody puking all over herself then not even cleaning it up, but writing in her diary instead.

If you're looking for something artistic and hot then skip this dog and check out BELLE DE JOUR or maybe some Radley Metzger flicks.
145 of 172 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A transition into sexuality 30 Mar 2002
By R. Maynard - Published on
All of us have gone though this phase on our journey from childhood to adulthood and few will forget it. It is mysterious, puzzling, dazzling, intimidating, wondrous, discomforting, frightening, joyous, rebellious, moody and frustrating. Its feelings -- often denied -- devolve deeply on the sensual awakening of our intimate body parts, but most film producer's skirt this issue; they don't want to show it. Instead, they depict a series of mindless scenes that merely imply a connection between the emotional and physical being.
What's refreshing in this film, is that the director, Catherine Breillat, had the courage to show the anatomical elements involved in this living paradigm. The story jumps around a bit with a few inane scenes such as the details of slaughtering a chicken for dinner (a common occurrence on farms). However, the main character, Alice (played by Charlotte Alexandra) hues to the story line and is ultimately relieved to find that she too has made the awesome leap into an attractive adult, one who is capable of bringing about a successful sexual experience.
My only criticism of the film is the very poor quality of the DVD imaging.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't enjoy this movie. 31 Jan 2006
By H. R. Daniel Guerra - Published on
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I bought this movie because of Charlotte Alexandra. I had seen her in a really good movie with Charlotte Rampling called "The Pool." She was beautiful to watch and played well against one of my favorite actresses, Charlotte Rampling.

"A Real Young Girl" on DVD was of low quality and didn't make sense to me. I can not recommend it. Some scenes were just gross. It was not even a little sexy. It was sophomoric.

I did follow Amazon's suggestion and also bought two other movies; "Romance" & "Frivolous Lola." "Romance" was good but a little dis-jointed and needlessly explicit in some parts and not explicit enough in other parts. The other characters were flat and empty.

"Frivolous Lola" was hilarious, explicit, sexy, and fun even if it was a little dated. I will see this movie again with friends just to laugh.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone (unfortunately)! 7 Mar 2002
By "old_dog_videographer" - Published on
...There are obvious places along the story that are rough (script, acting, and cinematography) but again, it is Breillat's first film and it is 100% French. I didn't find the sexuality quite as shocking ...I found it very honestly courageous. There is actually very little nudity in the film and, other than one very openly sexual scene and a couple of exposed penis scenes, there's no more nudity than would be normal for any European film of that period. If you have seen either of Breillat's most recent films (Romance & Fat Girl) and were intrigued, then this film is worth viewing (or collecting) as the first step in the development of Breillat as a film maker...
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Girl in Heat and Crazy with Desire 4 Sep 2005
By Drake-by-the-Lake - Published on
This is a very simple film about a girl in heat, crazy with desire and cloistered away in a small 1950s French village that just doesn't understand. Three guesses as to what she really needs, and the first two don't count. Erotic fantasies and solo-play. This one has some truly hot scenes, and also warm, or just simmering, and some that are weird products of adolescent confusion. You will get what you want with this film, even if the girl doesn't.
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