Catherine Breillat  

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"Breillat's work belongs to a genre of films, directed by women, in which female protagonists peel back the seductive myths of romantic love in an attempt to discover the meaning of sexuality for themselves -- no matter how delightful or degrading their experiences. These films include: Carine Adler's Under the Skin, Davida Allen's Feeling Sexy, Bette Gordon's Variety, Jackie Burroughs's A Winter Tan, Monika Treut's The Virgin Machine."--Barbara Creed[1]

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Catherine Breillat (born July 13, 1948) is a French filmmaker and director based in Paris. She is known not only for her films focusing on themes of sexuality, gender conflict and sibling rivalry, but also for her best-selling novels. Ms. Breillat has been the subject of controversy for her explicit depictions of sexuality and violence. She cast the pornstar Rocco Siffredi in her films Romance (Romance X, 1999) and Anatomie de l'enfer (Anatomy of Hell, 2003).

In an interview with Senses of Cinema, she described David Cronenberg as another filmmaker she considers to have a similar approach to sexuality in film.


Year English title Original title Notes
1975 Catherine & Co. Catherine et Compagnie Writer.
1976 A Real Young Girl Une Vraie Jeune Fille Based on Breillat's novel Le Soupirail. Banned after initial premiere, until 1999.
1979 Nocturnal Uproar Tapage nocturne
1987 Milan noir Writer.
1988 Virgin / Junior Size 36 36 Fillette Based on her novel.
1991 Dirty Like an Angel Sale comme un ange
1993 Couples et amants Couples et amants Co-Writer.
1996 Perfect Love Parfait amour!
1999 Romance Romance X
2001 Fat Girl À ma sœur!
2001 Brief Crossing Brève traversée
2002 Sex Is Comedy Sex Is Comedy
2004 Anatomy of Hell Anatomie de l'enfer Based on her novel Pornocratie.
2007 The Last Mistress (aka An Old Mistress) Une vieille maîtresse Based on the novel by Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly (1851). Entered into the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
2009 Bluebeard Barbe bleue Based on the tale by Charles Perrault.
2010 Sleeping Beauty La belle endormie Based on Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault.
2013 Abuse of Weakness Abus de faiblesse Based on her book of the same title.

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