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  • Summary: Completed in 1975, this first film by Catherine Breillat, the director of "Romance" (1999), revolves around the return of a young girl from boarding school to her parents house for the summer.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 80
    The theories about sexuality and trauma artfully advanced in this previously unreleased 1975 debut of director Catherine Breillat (Romance, Fat Girl) are more nuanced and intuitive than those of most schools of psychology.
  2. 75
    Breillat has long been fascinated with the idea that women are not allowed to go through puberty in private but instead seem to be on display for all to watch, a situation that has no parallel with boys. A Real Young Girl seems acutely aware of this paradox.
  3. Crude, unpolished, yet curiously dreamy.
  4. 60
    Neither cheerfully naughty nor suffused with gauzy prurience, it evokes a time of turbulent (and often ugly) emotions with disquieting intensity.
  5. The delayed release of this 1975 drama provides an interesting view of her (Breillat) early development as a world-class filmmaker.
  6. 40
    A philosophical gross-out comedy rudely presented from the perspective of a sullen, sexually curious 14-year-old.
  7. A test of endurance, and not just because you need a rather stronger word than "explicit" to describe this long-unreleased, self-consciously provocative film.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JohnH
    Oct 20, 2006
    Brilliant iconoclastic investigation into adolescent girl's sexuality. It reaches places other so-called coming-of age films never touch on. Disgraceful that our so-called free society has made us wait 30 years to see what is, for a first film, a luminous triumph. Expand