Catherine Breillat

  • Birth Place: Bressuire, France
  • Profession: Author, Filmmaker, Director, Screenwriter, Professor
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  • Her first novel, L'homme facile, was banned in France for readers under 18 due to its graphic sexual content; Breillat was actually 17 when she wrote the book.
  • Made her acting debut in Last Tango in Paris (1972), which also featured her sister, actress Marie-Hélène Breillat. 
  • Made her directorial debut with a 1975 film about sexual awakening, Une vraie jeune fille. Based on one of her novels, the film wasn't released for some 25 years due to financial and censorship issues.
  • Her works (both novels and films) have often been subject to censorship due to their mature themes.
  • Suffered a stroke in 2004 and was confined to a hospital for five months.
  • Has worked as a professor of auteur cinema at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.


  • Marie-Hélène Breillat — Sister

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