Fat Girl

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.

Film Info

Director-Approved Special Edition 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

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Special 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

Fat Girl
Cast
Anaïs Reboux
Anaïs
Roxane Mesquida
Elena
Libero de Rienzo
Fernando
Arsinée Khanjian
Mother
Romain Goupil
Father
Laura Betti
Fernando’s mother
Credits
Director
Catherine Breillat
Screenplay
Catherine Breillat
Producer
Jean-François Lepetit
Coproducer
Conchita Airoldi
Cinematography
Yorgos Arvanitis
Film editor
Pascale Chavance
Production design
François Renaud Labarthe
Sound
Jean Minondo

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