36 Fillette

Catherine Breillat

Focus France 88 min Fiction


A teenager spends a few days on vacation on the beach with her parents, who do nothing but drink, sleep and argue. One night, bored with the situation, she goes with her brother to a nightclub and begins to flirt with mature men, becoming aware of the fascination that her body generates. An acidic story of female sexual initiation (the filmmaker’s recurring theme), with Jean-Pierre Léaud in the cast.


French CinemaComing-of-ageFemale DirectorYouthSex


Catherine Breillat

She is one of the great references of contemporary erotic cinema. Her work abounds with an incisive and epidermal look at sex and its aspects. Her filmography goes from luminous comedies to sordid thrillers. She has directed fifteen films, many of which have been part of the official sections of Cannes, Berlin or Chicago, where she won the Golden Hugo award for Best Film for À ma soeur!

Filmography: Last Summer (2023, D'A 2024), Abuse of Weakness (2013), The Sleeping Beauty (2010), Bluebeard (2009, D'A 2024), The Last Mistress (2007), Anatomy of Hell (2004, D'A 2024), Sex Is Comedy (2002, D'A 2024), Fat Girl (2001, D'A 2024), Brief Crossing (2001), Romance X (1999, D'A 2024), Perfect Love (1996, D'A 2024), À propos de Nice, la suite (col·lectiu, 1995), Dirty Like an Angel (1991), 36 Fillette (Virgin) (1988, D'A 2024), Nocturnal Uproar (1979), A Real Young Girl (1976, D'A 2024)

Catherine Breillat

Film information

Int. title: 36 Fillette
Director: Catherine Breillat
Script: Catherine Breillat
Contact: Cinédis - Les Films du Loup
With: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Jean-François Stevenin
Country: France
Year: 1988
Format: DCP
Length: 88 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Catalan