By continuing to use this website, you agree to the use of cookies in order to offer you content and services that are tailored to your interests.

En savoir plus et gérer ces paramètres[OK]
A Real Young Girl

A Real Young Girl

A Feature film by Catherine Breillat

Produced by Les Films La Boëtie

Release in France : 07/06/2000


    What’s Alice watching through the cellar window? What’s the constant mechanical noise? Nobody, nothing, she’s just haunted by the awful noise in her head when she thinks about the long summer vacation ahead. What a waste of time: parents surround you, worse than jailers, with whom you have nothing in common except for the deadly silence of every meal; docility and passivity reign, as does constant suspicion. Teenage girls’ dreams are bloody, and Alice is truly a teenager, who drags her docility and apparent passivity around like the underwear that always trails around her ankles. What she drags around like a dead weight is, in fact, this eternal adolescence, this deep suffering… Until she meets Jim.

    Watch A Real Young Girl in VOD


    Show more

    Show less

    Sorry, your search returned no results.


    Show more

    Show less

    Sorry, your search returned no results.


    Show more

    Show less

    Sorry, your search returned no results.


    Show more

    Show less

    Sorry, your search returned no results.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films La Boëtie

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Co-production :

    CB Films

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

    Box Office: Total results

    Box office: Timeline

    International releases (8)

    CountryDistributorBuyerRelease dateTitre local

    Show more

    Show less

    Sorry, your search returned no results.


    Alice (Charlotte Alexandre) returns home to the country for summer vacation. She’s a teenage girl, a real one, simultaneously soft and hard, with a languid lack of finish. Caught between a frustrated mother and libidinous father, she allows summer boredom to penetrate her. She fantasizes, becoming obsessed with the body, with organs, guts, blood and sperm and even the red ink of her diary. And sex, a man’s sex – that object of inevitable desire and unspeakable terror. One of her father’s laborers (played by Hiram Keller, from Fellini’s Satyricon) crystallizes her desire – she smiles as he puts a live earthworm up her vagina, she crawls for him with a feather in her derriere like a submissive chicken. Breillat shrank from nothing. Rarely has “what teen girls dream of” been shown so close up, with such brutal accuracy. It goes far, venturing into slimy, innocent obscenity. The dialogue is often inaudible, drowned out by noise. But however imperfect, Alice’s voyage to the non-wonderland of lustful adults is worth the trip. Less developed, sophisticated and clever than “Romance,” this film is a dated, ill-bred object, yet is ultimately rather affecting. The most startling thing is that, in what is now a rare decision, it has been restricted to viewers aged 16 or over. Which is all to its honor.

    Danièle Heymann, “Marianne,” June 12, 2000

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    André Génovès

    Sound recordists :

    Bernard Mangière, Guy Chichignoud

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Fattori

    Camera Operator :

    Maurice Giraud

    Editor :

    Annie Charrier

    Music Composer :

    Mort Shuman

    Author of original work :

    Catherine Breillat

    Screenwriter :

    Catherine Breillat

    Assistant Operators :

    Jean-Claude Couty, Patrick Godaert

    Production Manager :

    Pierre-Richard Muller

    Production Designer :

    Catherine Breillat

    Location Manager :

    Jean Guillaume

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :


    Sub-genre :


    Themes :

    Eroticism, Adolescence

    Production language :


    Production country :


    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :


    French release :


    Runtime :

    1 h 33 min

    Current status :


    Visa number :


    Visa issue date :


    Approval :


    Production formats :


    Color type :


    Aspect ratio :


    Audio format :


    Posters (1)


    Selections (5)

    Thessaloniki - International Film Festival - 2000

    Thessaloniki - International Film Festival (Greece, 2000)


    New Horizons

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma - 2000

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada, 2000)


    Non-competitive Section

     TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) - 2000

    TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) (Canada, 2000)


    Contemporary World Cinema