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A Very Curious Girl (1969)

La fiancée du pirate (original title)
An oppressed and exploited young woman (Marie) begins charging for her sexual favors and completely disrupts the smug patriarchal capitalist society of the village of Tellier.

Director:

Nelly Kaplan

Writers:

Michel Fabre (adaptation), Nelly Kaplan (adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernadette Lafont ... Marie
Georges Géret ... Gaston Duvalier (Tonton Duvalier)
Henri Czarniak Henri Czarniak ... Julien (as Henry Czarniak)
Claire Maurier Claire Maurier ... Irène
Julien Guiomar ... Le Duc
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès ... M. Paul, dit La Tisane
Pascal Mazzotti Pascal Mazzotti ... L'abbé Dard
Jacques Marin ... Félix Lechat
Francis Lax Francis Lax ... Emile
Michel Constantin ... André
Jacques Masson Jacques Masson ... Hippolyte
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Pépé
Micha Bayard Micha Bayard ... La Goulette (Mélanie Lechat)
Claire Olivier Claire Olivier ... La mère de Marie
Renée Duncan Renée Duncan ... Delphine
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An oppressed and exploited young woman (Marie) begins charging for her sexual favors and completely disrupts the smug patriarchal capitalist society of the village of Tellier. Written by English Showalter <showalte@crab.rutgers.edu>

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The story of the town amateur who lost her standing...among other things.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 December 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Very Curious Girl See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A girl decides on vengeance...
8 December 2012 | by bob998See all my reviews

...just as Manon des sources had done in Pagnol's film of 1952, to settle some old scores with the bigoted people in a small French town. The priest, the pharmacist, the bistro owner--they're all trying to cheat her in one way or another, and they all find her charms irresistible: no wonder, since she's played by Bernadette Lafont, the sexpot in so many films by Truffaut, Chabrol, Doniol-Valcroze, Molinaro etc. The story is flimsy, Kaplan's direction is loose and somewhat unfocused, and the viewer is left with the sense that this picture did not start a trend in French cinema (Bunuel, after all, was working the same vein at the time), nor is it the culmination of one.

I haven't seen Nelly Kaplan's other films, and don't feel any loss. I think she was more of a theorist than an auteur. The film goes along agreeably enough, and Lafont and Michel Constantin make an attractive couple, but this is hardly essential viewing.


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