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."--Barbara Creed

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Catherine Breillat (born 1948) is a French writer and director known for her films focusing on themes of sexuality, gender conflict, sibling rivalry, explicit depictions of sexuality and violence in films such as Romance X (1999) and Anatomy of Hell (2003).




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 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
2023 Last Summer L'Été dernier Based on the 2019 Danish film Queen of Hearts

Stage plays

  • Les Vêtements de mer


  • Abus de faiblesse
  • Pornocratie
  • Le Soupirail
  • L'homme facile
  • Tapage Nocturne

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