36 Fillette (1988)

Evenings of Cabiria

In the late seventies, actress/writer Breillat made a film (“Young Girl”) about the nearly suicidal angst of female sexual discovery/fantasy. It is worth watching for the raw honesty, but it misses being a whole film. Five years later, she wrote a Fellini film, not a good one. It was during the period where he felt his only true film was “Nights of Cabiria”. And five years after that, she produced this synthesis of “Cabiria” and “YoungGirl”.

It is still not a complete film. Breillat is of the distinctly French school who thinks all the creative work of a film is in thinking it up, in finding that wrinkle in human emotions in which to ramble.

I recommend that you stick to the originals rather than spending time with this unsuccessful experiment.

Posted in 2003

Ted’s Evaluation — 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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