Synopsis: Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading her into ever more risky situations, including a developing one with the headmaster.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Catherine Breillat
Production: Trimark Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

Can we begin?

Look at me, Paul.

Make yourself taller.

And be rejective, tense.

The Torero deals with death,

and fear... be rejective and tensed up.

Clara, lower your eyes,

be a bit more subservient...

Well, not too much.

A little bit subservient,

he is the man.

At "three" you look at me...

everything only happens in your eyes...

At "three" you stand on tiptoe

and focus on me.






Do you think, it doesn't matter to me?

Do you think, I like to see you

unhappy like that?

I told you,

it's always been like that.

With the others it lasted one week, then

for the next 6 months nothing happened.

Is that true?

With you it went well

for 3 months, at least.

We had it on our minds all the time.

Day and night.

Now you're exaggerating.

It never went throughout the whole night.

We did it at least two times

in a row.

I don't think so.

That's exactly the point.

Two times, I think that never happened.

Well anyways...

I can be unfaithful. You not.

You have no right to.

No stiff dick for me,

none for others.

Have you already betrayed me?

- No.

You're lucky, but I surely won't

become a nun because of you.

I haven't been unfaithful,

although I think I should have.

What's that supposed to mean?

Look into my eyes.

Have you betrayed me?

- In no way.

That only shows,

that I'm too stupid.

And that you probably don't deserve

my faithfulness.

Do you know, why you're drinking?

For you can drop into bed

like a piece of wood.

I believe, you only love me,

when there's a table between us.

Ever since we got to know each other,

we spent every evening together.

Every evening we have dinner together.

And I never get bored.


You only love me,

when there's a table between us.

Do you think it's normal:

Spending the nights with a guy,

who doesn't even touch me?!

You haven't since Aigues-Mortes!

We had that topic already. - You

swore, you'd do something about it.

Just wait.

- Till Judgment Day?

Just wait! And even if it takes

another 3 months, you wait!

There's more to life than this!

What are you doing?

Are you leaving?


It can't be that bad, can it?

No, it's terrible.

An invisible cover made of lead

wraps around me.

As if I'd agreed to an unspoken


At least take off your t-shirt.

I don't want to sleep

next to a sack of cotton.

No, get undressed, come to bed.

Why don't you want to take it off?

You know, I can't bear it.

As if it were directed against me.

Okay, I'll take it off.

But not my underwear.

It keeps my balls warm.

It's nothing against you.

In the beginning I didn't think,

we'd spend every night together.

Now, we do.

It's also my fault.

I don't know,

I guess I said to myself...

You got other things on your mind,

than seeing me all the time.

I thought, we wouldn't meet a fortnight,

or a month at all, sometimes.

So that I could

slip away from time to time.


No, not without hearing from you.

Not, when you're here

in Paris too.

See, you have no confidence.

Okay, I leave...

If you want me to, I leave.

You will never see me again.

Do you see what you're like?

It's impossible to have

a conversation with you.

Lie down.

Take this off.

I told you, it's nothing against you.

I've always slept that way.

It is directed against me.

It's because you hate me.

Stop it!

Didn't I tell you,

not to try it that way?

You simply spoil everything and

drag it out in the end.

You have a hard-on.

Stop it,

or we're through.

But you could now.

- I don't care, get it!?

Damn it, be nice once.

What hinders you?

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Catherine Breillat

Catherine Breillat (French; born 13 July 1948) is a French filmmaker, novelist and professor of auteur cinema at the European Graduate School. In the film business for over 40 years, Catherine Breillat chooses to normalize previously taboo subjects in cinema. Taking advantage of the medium of cinema, Breillat juxtaposes different perspectives to highlight irony found in society. Through film, she attempts to redefine the female narrative in cinema by showing female characters who undergo similar experiences as their male counterparts. Many of Breillat's films explore the transition between girlhood and adulthood. The females of her films attempt to escape their adolescence by seeking individuality. There is an unsaid silence in society for girls to hide their sexuality and desires unless directly confronted about them. Breillat offers a platform to discuss female pleasure and sexual responsibility by exposing social and sexual conflicts in her films' themes. more…

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