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Year: 2001
USA: Cowboy Films
UK: Metro Tartan
Cast: Roxane Mesquida, Ana´s Reboux, Libero De Rienzo, Arsinee Khanjian, Romain Goupil, Laura Betti, Albert Goldberg, Claude Sese, Marc Samuel
Director: Catherine Breillat
Countries: France / Italy / Spain
Languages: French / Italian (English subtitles)
USA: 93 mins
UK: 86 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong sex, violence and sexual violence
USA Release Date: 19 October 2001 (Limited Release - Los Angeles)
USA Release Date: 12 October 2001 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 7 December 2001


Ana´s (Anais Reboux) is twelve, overweight and bears the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her body is both the citadel for her pain and a fortress. Huddled up safely or forgotten by others, she is an observer.

It's summertime, by the sea, family holidays. Holiday love affairs. This is the apprenticeship of first love. Ana´s experiences it by proxy. She watches her older sister, Elena (Roxane Mesquida), whom she both loves and hates. Elena is fifteen and devilishly beautiful. Neither more futile, nor more stupid than her younger sister, she cannot understand that she is merely an object of desire. And, as such, she can only be taken. Or had. Indeed, this is the subject: a girl's loss of virginity. And, that summer, it opens a door to tragedy.

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