Director: Catherine Breillat
Delphine Zentout ... Lili
Etienne Chicot ... Maurice
Olivier Parnière ... Bertrand
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Boris Golovine
Berta Domínguez D. ... Anne-Marie
Jean-François Stévenin ... Le père
Diane Bellego ... Georgia
Adrienne Bonnet ... La mère
Stéphane Moquet ... Ca-Pe
Cécile Henry ... Maetitia
Michel Scotto di Carlo ... Stéphane
Anny Chasson ... Mme Weber
Jean-Claude Binoc ... M. Weber
Christian Lafitte ... Le conducteur
Christian Andia ... Portier 'Opium'
A night in the life of a young woman who wishes to learn and experience more of life.
The men she meets have as much to learn from her as they can offer her, maybe more.
Lili, a pouty and voluptuous 14-year-old, is caravan camping with her family in Biarritz.
She's self-aware and holds her own in a café conversation with a concert pianist she meets, but she has a wild streak and she's testing her powers over men, finding that she doesn't always control her moods or actions, and she's impatient with being a virgin.
She sets off with her brother to a disco, latching onto an aging playboy who is himself hot and cold to her.
She is ambivalent about losing her virginity that night, willing the next, and determined by the third.
Breillats film does not attempt to apologize or explain Lilis behavior.
With an almost clinical analysis, it presents a few days her life as Maurice, a forty-something year old man that appears to be entrenched in a serious mid-life crisis, courts her.
She is simultaneously repelled and attracted to him.
She is smart enough to realize he wants her for little more than sex, though naïve enough to hope for more.
In any case, she is eager to give up her virginity, so that her anxiety that comes with it will end.
Her virginity is an absolute curse.
She feels sexually impotent since she has never had sex.
This is material that Breillat would later cover in her fantastic Fat Girl, but here it feels as if its more surface level.
Lilis abhorrence of her virginity seems to be a whim brought on by a fight with her family.
The film uses an almost autobiographical, documentary feel, as opposed to Fat Girls directorial shimmer, but the film hardly feels like a trial run.
The scenes showing the bizarre courtship between Lili and Maurice often slow down to an almost real-time pacing, and they are stunning because the interchange of power becomes completely palpable.
Zentouts lead performance is as accomplished as they come.
Her Lili is a tremendously complex character, even as the audience is able to see the gaps in her ill-formed logic.
Director Breillat never allows the film to become solely about the age gap between the two characters.
She is after something more here than simple moralizing, and doesnt simply let Lili off the hook.
Her approach may seem cold, but its precisely by not making judgments on her characters that she endows the audience with the greatest understanding of the situation.
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