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What's your favorite film by Catherine Breillat?

A Real Young Girl
0 (0%)
Nocturnal Uproar
0 (0%)
36 Fillette
1 (5%)
Dirty Like An Angel
0 (0%)
Perfect Love
0 (0%)
Romance
1 (5%)
Fat Girl
3 (15%)
Brief Crossing
0 (0%)
Sex is Comedy
4 (20%)
Anatomy of Hell
0 (0%)
The Last Mistress
0 (0%)
Bluebeard
1 (5%)
The Sleeping Beauty
2 (10%)
Abuse of Weakness
0 (0%)
haven't Seen Any
8 (40%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
Inavouable
0 (0%)

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Re: Breillat, Catherine - Director's Best
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2016, 01:43:30 PM »
1. Sex is Comedy (2.5)
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Re: Breillat, Catherine
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2020, 02:26:07 PM »
I voted Fat Girl but
there are some directors i love all their movies and  one of them is her
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Re: Breillat, Catherine
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2020, 07:16:56 AM »
36 Fillette, 35˚
Sex Is Comedy, 35˚
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Re: Breillat, Catherine
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2022, 06:58:28 PM »
Updated Ranking

A Real Young Girl (1976)
★ ★
Itís head-smackingly obvious the difference in watching a female sexual awakening film made by someone of that gender. Rather than play as a male-gaze sexual tease, Breillat plunges deep into the emotional confusion of a developed, inexperienced body trying to control a constant hormonal surge. Unfortunately, this film is overly fascinated with all forms of body and animal secretions, as if Breillat needed to get that first rush out of her system before folding it into later films with more sophistication. The emotions here get out grossed.


Romance (1999)
★ ★
This was a tough one to get my head around. Like I often do, I turned to the internet to look for some other perspectives to see if any of them jogged anything for me. And yet these reviews, namely Roger Ebert's, expressed a similar level of unknowing. It is a film that seems to be saying things through its fairly direct narration/dialogue about the nature of female desire, but it never quite formulates.
Same, but isnít that probably because we are men? Isnít this a prime example of what suffers from a lack of gender diversity, that any thoughtful discussion of this film is incredibly hard to find. Breillat is provoking and all us men can do is put our hands up and mention the explicit content.


Anatomy of Hell (2004)
★ ★
In a masterstroke, Breillatís male in her examination of gender behavior and interaction is gay. With desire removed, she is able to show the more primal and emotional differences between this couple testing the limits of their sexual identity. (That said, the focus is mostly on the woman with the man more of a passenger while she takes things to the extreme.) Itís still not that clear to me what Breillatís getting at, there seems to be a Gaspar Noe sense of destructive nihilism, only with little of Noeís technical craft.


The Last Mistress was a real change of scenery. I have difficulty getting into this type of film most days, and this wasnít doing it for me, so I abandoned it a half-hour in.


The Sleeping Beauty (2010)
★ ★ ★ Ė Okay
I didnít realize this was going to be THAT story, and actually thought this was the film where a bunch of old men get in bed with Emily Browning and sleep. (That sure seems more like a Breillat idea.) Instead, this uses Sleeping Beauty as a launch point, pulling ideas from other fairy tales (especially The Snow Queen) and takes the playfulness of Donkey Skin and the metaphorical value of Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. So itís mostly delightful, more than slightly meta and could play to kids until the sexual awakening of the last section. The guyís name is Peter, as in Pan, and his role as the boy whoís grown up shows what Breillat is doing here.

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Re: Breillat, Catherine
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2022, 07:22:03 PM »
Iím guessing you probably looked up my review of Anatomy, but Iíll just use this from my Bondo Collection blurb: ďA film I consider advanced sexual education, it confronts natural elements of the female body that men have either demonized or tried to pretend didnít exist.Ē

Glad to see I was right in pushing The Sleeping Beauty though.

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Re: Breillat, Catherine
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2022, 07:50:56 PM »
You guided me on this journey. I had your Marathon bookmarked.

 

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