Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LA PETITE VOLEUSE (1988): French Teen's Sexual Affair with Married Lover

Here's the IMDb plot summary for Claude Miller's La Petite Voleuse [English: The Little Thief (1988)] :
In a small town in post-World-War-II France, an unhappy sixteen-year-old (Janine Castang) tries to escape her dreary situation by any means at her disposal. Three successive friends (Michel Davenne, a married lover; Raoul, a fellow thief; Mauricette Dargelos, a photographer and fellow prisoner) help her learn from her mistakes.
In the French film, 16-year-old green eyed and baby-faced Janine (Charlotte Gainsbourg) shared with her 43-year-old lover that she fell in love with a German soldier when she was a 9-years-old nymphet: 
“The most I ever loved was when I was 9. With a kraut [German soldier] at Nazi HQ. He had nice hair and a gentle voice. I think he was hot for my mom. He said I was exceptional. No guy after that believed in me.” 

But before Davenne would have sex with Janine, he inexplicably requested that she lose her virginity, which she subsequently did, and she wrote him a note informing: "I'm no longer a virgin. So, why wait [any longer]?" 

And after they had age-gap sex for the first time, Davenne inexplicably said, "You are a very young girl." Janine replied, "You just figured that out? Anyway, now you have to call me a young woman."

Unsurprisingly, despite her young age, Janine wanted to be treated like an adult, "Why did we make love? You don't treat me like an adult," which makes sense when one understands the fact that childhood is a (relatively) recent invention

La Petite Voleuse (1988) won the Best Film award from the French Critics Association.

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