A Real Young Girl is a 1976 about a 14-year-old girl's sexual awakening, written and directed by . The , Breillat's first, was based on her fourth novel, Le Soupirail. This film is notable for its graphic depiction of sexuality, which includes exposing her vulva. This led to it being banned in many countries. It was not released to theaters until 2000. Breillat's films and novels are often about the "erotic and emotional lives of young women, as told from the woman's perspective," typically using "blunt language and open depiction of sexual subject matter." Many of Breillat's films and novels, including A Real Young Girl have led to controversy and hostile press coverage. For example, Breillat's film 36 Fillette, about the "burgeoning sexuality of a 14-year-old girl, and a middle-aged man intent on seducing her" led to "storms of controversy."
A Real Young Girl is a 1976 about a 14-year-old girl's sexual awakening, written and directed by . The , Breillat's first, was based on her fourth novel, Le Soupirail. This film is notable for its graphic depiction of sexuality, which includes
A Real Young Girl (Une vraie jeune fille) is the last—and my least favorite—of our offbeat international romance reviews in honor of Valentine’s Day (see also , , or .)
I’ll be honest. I wanted to like this film. I’ve always been a champion of artists breaking the rules but there is too much shock-for-shock’s-sake in A Real Young Girl, and not enough substance. I will admit Catherine Breillat is a brave filmmaker, and Charlotte Alexandra is an extremely brave actress, but I ultimately found this film lacking in purpose and story.