A Big Girl Like You | Chicago Reader

A Big Girl Like You

This wise and direct coming-of-age story from Christophe Blanc (An Outgoing Woman) considers the liberty of a bold and amply endowed 16-year-old (Mercedes Cecchetto) living in a small town with a father who grimly advises her that life is “shit from A to Z.” She seeks solace in sex (“the only real thing,” she tells one boy) and in her friendship with an Arab schoolmate who dyes her hair blonde, hoping to pass as French. After an errant slap from her father, the girl moves to Paris for the life of an aspiring model, but her new world moves a lot faster than the one she's left behind. The story's outcome isn't particularly surprising, but it ably records the first bitter taste of adult responsibility. In French with subtitles. 87 min.

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