Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LA PETITE VOLEUSE (1988): Treat a Nymphet Like an Adult

Here's the IMDb plot summary for 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, sixteen-year-old green eyed baby-faced Janine (Charlotte Gainsbourg) informed her forty-three-year-old lover that she fell in love with a German soldier when she was a nine-year-old nymphet: 

“The most I ever loved was when I was nine. 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.” 

Unsurprisingly, despite her age, Janine wanted to be treated 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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