2001. France. Catherine Breillat. 80 min.
Saturday, February 2, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2001. France. Written and directed by Catherine Breillat. With Sarah Pratt, Gilles Guillain. Breillat, who has chronicled human sexuality in all its glory and degradation in such astute and audacious films as 36 Filette, Sex Is Comedy, Fat Girl, and The Last Mistress, makes her most tender film to date, part of ARTE's Masculine/Feminine series, about the intense erotic encounter between a thirty-year-old British woman (a wife and mother) and a sixteen-year-old French boy that transpires during an overnight ferry passage across the English channel. As the couple engages in a complex game of seduction, evasiveness, and tentative intimacy, Breillat describes their momentous crossing as "an initiatory trip...because something fleeting and futureless is not necessarily pathetic or trivial." In French, English; English subtitles. 80 min.