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Fat Girl

Catherine Breillat

 
Fat Girl (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 2001
  • 86 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • French
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  • Spine #259

Twelve-year-old Anaïs is fat. Her sister, fifteen-year-old Elena, is a beauty. While the girls are on vacation with their parents, Anaïs tags along as Elena explores the dreary seaside town. Elena meets Fernando, an Italian law student; he seduces her with promises of love, and the ever watchful Anaïs bears witness to the corruption of her sister’s innocence. Fat Girl is not only a portrayal of female adolescent sexuality and the complicated bond between siblings but also a shocking assertion by the always controversial Catherine Breillat that violent oppression exists at the core of male-female relations.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Fat Girl
  • Two interviews with director Catherine Breillat, one conducted the night after the film’s world premiere at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival, the other a look back at the film’s production and alternate ending
  • French and U.S. theatrical trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau, a 2001 interview with Breillat, and a piece by Breillat on the title

    New cover by Kathleen Cantwell

Film Essays

Fat Girl: Sisters, Sex, and Sitcom

By Ginette Vincendeau May 03, 2011

French auteur cinema has increasingly been exploring themes of sex through scenarios whose explicitness verges on the pornographic. Along with Patrice Chéreau (Intimacy, 2001), Léos Carax (Pola . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Fat Girl: Sisters, Sex, and Sitcom

By Ginette Vincendeau May 03, 2011

French auteur cinema has increasingly been exploring themes of sex through scenarios whose explicitness verges on the pornographic. Along with Patrice Chéreau (Intimacy, 2001), Léos Carax (Pola . . . Read more »


Features

Fat Girl: About the Title

By Catherine Breillat May 03, 2011

The original title of my film was always Fat Girl, but since I am French and not at all bilingual, it was for reasons more mysterious than an anglicism. Of course, the little girl was fat, but . . . Read more »


News

Hot Summer for Cinema in Toronto

May 25, 2010

TIFF Cinematheque—formerly Cinematheque Ontario—is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, and has announced an impressively bursting summer schedule. From June to August, the . . . Read more »


Interviews

Catherine Breillat on Sisterhood

October 23, 2009

Almost a decade ago, Catherine Breillat, one of contemporary cinema’s great provocateurs, gave usFat Girl (À ma soeur!), a disturbing and graphic look at the pitfalls of adolescent sexuality . . . Read more »