Sunday, October 25, 2015

36 FILLETTE (1988): 14-Year-Old Nymphet Ambivalent About Losing Virginity

Here's the IMDB plot summary written by JHailey for 36 Fillette (1988) which the New York Post dubbed "The French 'Lolita'!":

Lili, a pouty and voluptuous 14-year-old, is caravan camping with her family in Biarritz. She's self-aware[...]but she has a wild streak and she's testing her powers over men[...]and she's impatient with being a virgin. She sets off with her brother to a disco, latching onto[Maurice]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. 

Lili was played by 14-year-old Delphine Zentout and her multiple nude scenes are further examples of European filmmaker's non-reluctance to show nude nymphets in sexual situations (e.g., The nymphet gave Maurice, played by 38-year-old √Čtienne Chicot, a hand-job and fellatio while topless.).

And when you put the blurb, "Few films are more breathtakingly honest about sexuality. '36 Fillettes' rings so true...fresh and incisive," from the Los Angeles Times into the context of the plot summary (e.g., She is ambivalent about losing her virginity...), the film should cause one who is naive about the sexuality of nymphets to change his or her opinion. 

In terms of seduction, ephebophiles should note that Maurice didn't chase Lili and and on multiple occasions he gave her the option to flee which counter-intuitively caused the nymphet to chase after him and be reluctant to leave. 

Despite the underage nudity and sex scenes, 36 Fillette was shown at the 1988 New York Film Festival.

36 Fillette was directed by Catherine Breillat and is based on her novel. Breillat also directed the age-gap relationship fairy tale Bluebeard (2009) [French: La Barbe bleue].