Release dateMarch 7, 2001 (2001-03-07) CastAnaïs Reboux (Anaïs Pingot), Roxane Mesquida (Elena Pingot), Libero De Rienzo (Fernando), Arsinée Khanjian (Mère), Romain Goupil (Père), Laura Betti (La mère de Fernando) Similar movies36 Fillette, A Real Young Girl, A Clockwork Orange, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Juno, Four Christmases
TaglineA new provocation from the director of "Romance"
Anais is twelve and bears the weight of the world on her shoulders. She watches her older sister, Elena, whom she both loves and hates. Elena is fifteen and devilishly beautiful. Neither more futile, nor more stupid than her younger sister, she cannot understand that she is merely an object of desire. And, as such, she can only be taken. Or had. Indeed, this is the subject: a girls loss of virginity. And, that summer, it opens a door to tragedy.
A ma sœur! is a 2001 French film directed by Catherine Breillat and starring Roxane Mesquida. It was released in some English speaking countries under the alternative titles For My Sister or Fat Girl.
Breillats experience shooting the film inspired her 2002 film Sex Is Comedy, which revolves around shooting a sex scene from the film. Mesquida reprised the scene for the later movie.
Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, but harboring jealousy and similar desires. Their actions, however, have unforeseen tragic consequences for the whole family.
Anais (Anais Reboux) and her older sister, Elena (Roxane Mesquida) are vacationing with their parents on the French seaside. Bored of staying in their vacation home, the two walk into town while discussing relationships and their virginity. Although the highly attractive Elena has been promiscuous, she is saving herself for someone who loves her, while heavy-set, overweight Anais thinks it is better to lose ones virginity to a "nobody" just to get it over with.
They meet an Italian law student, Fernando (Libero De Rienzo), at a cafe. While Elena flirts with him, Anais orders a banana split. Later, Fernando sneaks into the girls bedroom for a liaison with Elena. Anais is awake and watches their entire interaction. After a conversation about Fernandos previous relationships with other women, Elena consents to have sex with him, but backs out at the last minute. Frustrated, Fernando pressures her through various means, including threatening to sleep with some other woman just to alleviate himself. Finally, Elena is coerced into anal sex as a "proof of love", although it is obviously a painful experience for her.
In the morning, Fernando asks for oral sex from Elena before he leaves, but Anais has had enough and tells them to let her sleep in peace. The next day, the girls and Fernando go to the beach. Anais sits in the ocean in her new dress and sings to herself while Elena and Fernando go off alone together. Later, as the girls are reminiscing about their childhood together back at the house, Elena reveals that Fernando has given her a mauve opal engagement ring while at the beach. That night, Elena gives up her virginity to Fernando as Anais silently cries on the other side of the room.
Later, Fernandos mother arrives at the house that Anais and her family are renting, asking for the girls mother to return the mauve opal ring. Their mother discovers Elenas and Fernandos relationship, and angrily decides to drive back to Paris. On the way back she becomes tired and decides to sleep at a rest stop, where an axe murderer arrives, killing Elena with an axe and strangling her mother. He takes Anais into the woods and rapes her. When the police arrive the next morning, Anais insists he did not rape her, and the credits roll.
The film was banned in Ontario by the Ontario Film Review Board in the fall of 2001 because the board objected to the films representation of teenage sexuality. American film critic Wheeler Winston Dixon noted that the film was not only banned in Ontario, but was "severely restricted to adult audiences throughout the world". Dixon described the film as a "harrowing tale of a 13-year-old girls coming of age as her 15-year-old sister embarks on a series of sexual relationships", featuring "explicit sexual scenes" in a "brutal narrative structure." The ban in Canada was eventually overturned and the film played in several theatres in 2003.
In 2001 the film won the Manfred Salzgeber Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the France Culture Award at the Cannes festival.