Une Vraie Jeune Fille (1976) from Tuna

A Real Young Girl is a Catherine Breillat (Romance, Fat Girl) film adapted from the novel The Air Duct, about a 14-year-old's self-discovery. The producers expected a gauzy and romantic soft core with a feminine slant, and in stead ended up with a steamy, frank, and sometimes very unladylike sexual self discovery starring Charlotte Alexandra.


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  • Widescreen

  • no features

She comes home to rural France for summer holiday, doesn't get along with her parents, watches the hot local guys, fanaticizes, and plays with herself a lot. We see breasts, buns, and gyno shots, and are treated to her peeing, inserting a spoon somewhere under her panties at the dinner table, a fantasy of a guy dropping a worm into her labia, and much more.

The film was never released. Now, 25 years later, and after Rape Me, they have released it. Although the film did offer insights into adolescent female hormonally induced cravings and actions, there was not enough plot to hold it together, the subtitles were poorly translated and not always there, the quality of the transfer was poor (with many scenes very red shifted), and there was little done with supporting characters.

The Critics Vote

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The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 6.4 
  • With their dollars ... less than $5,000 - 1 screen
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a D. It is certainly shocking, but I am not sure that qualifies it as important cinema, although a better quality transfer might get a C- from me.

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