36 Fillette

  • 1988
  • 1 HR 25 MIN
  • R

This feature from Catherine Breillat, the coscreenwriter of Maurice Pialat's POLICE, 36 FILLETTE presents a grim, realistic portrait of teenage sexuality and also manages to be wholly pointless. The slightly chunky Delphine Zentout plays Lili, a punkish 14-year-old on holiday with her uncaring parents and her elder brother. She meets Maurice (Etienne Chicot),...read more

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This feature from Catherine Breillat, the coscreenwriter of Maurice Pialat's POLICE, 36 FILLETTE presents a grim, realistic portrait of teenage sexuality and also manages to be wholly pointless. The slightly chunky Delphine Zentout plays Lili, a punkish 14-year-old on holiday with her

uncaring parents and her elder brother. She meets Maurice (Etienne Chicot), a balding, paunchy playboy in his 40s, who compares women to cars (he likes to change them often) and would prefer to have sex with goats (they expect less). The rest of the film details a mating ritual in which Lili

teases Maurice, Maurice tries to rape Lili, Lili fights back, Maurice tries to get rid of her, Lili pouts, etc. Breillat deserves credit for presenting a realistic film about sexual attitudes and experiences in today's world: for Lili, there are no glamor, no heartthrobs, no sweet and innocent

first kisses in the pursuit of carnal knowledge. When the characters attempt to talk to each other, nothing comes out because they don't know what to say. While it's okay for the characters to be completely thoughtless, for director Breillat to follow their example is inexcusable. Thus 36 FILLETTE

ends up being a thoroughly unpleasant picture about thoroughly unpleasant people.

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