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The Girl
In the background is a black and white photo of two women in their twenties lying in bed, with only their heads and shoulders visible. The woman in front faces the viewer has long hair and gazes into the distance. The woman lying behind her has short hair and looks over the other woman's shoulder at her face. Superimposed onto this is a color full-length photo of the long-haired woman wearing a full-length strapless evening gown. She holds a hand-gun and looks off-camera, half hidden by shadows. To the left of her in red letters reads "The Girl — A Film by Sande Zeig"
Region 1 DVD cover
Directed by Sande Zeig
Produced by Dolly Hall
Written by Monique Wittig
Sande Zeig
Starring Claire Keim
Agathe De La Boulaye
Cyril Lecomte
Sandra Nkake
Music by Richard Robbins
Cinematography Georges Lechaptois
Editing by Keiko Deguchi
Geraldine Peroni
Distributed by Artistic License
Release date(s) September 9, 2000 (Canada)
April 20, 2001 (USA)
Running time 84 mins
Country United States
France
Language English, French
Gross revenue $104,883 (USA sub-total)

The Girl is a 2000 American/French romantic drama film directed by Sande Zeig. It is a love story set in Paris between "the Artist" (Agathe De La Boulaye) and "the Girl" (Claire Keim), based on a story by Zeig's partner Monique Wittig. It was negatively received by critics.

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Plot

The film is narrated by Agathe De La Boulaye as "The Artist". She is obsessed with a nightclub singer (Claire Keim) whom she calls "The Girl". One night the girl takes the artist to the hotel where she lives and they make love. The girl, who does not usually sleep with women, tells the artist that it is "just one night" but they begin seeing each other. The girl continues to see men and the artist has a long term lover, Bu Savè (Sandra Nkake), who accepts the artist's obsession.

The artist draws and paints the girl, but gradually grows frustrated with her work. She notices a man (Cyril Lecomte) watching her and the girl. The man behaves aggressively and possessively towards the girl. He starts following the artist and sends threatening letters to the girl telling her to get rid of the artist. The girl refuses. The man follows the artist and tries to attack her. The artist asks advice from Bu Savè, who gives her a gun.

When the artist cannot find the girl, she discovers that she has gone away with the man, who turns out to be the owner of the nightclub where the girl sings. When the man and the girl return, the artist gives the girl the gun.

The artist gets beaten up by the man and his friend. Later when she goes to meet the girl at the hotel, she finds the man there, naked and asleep. She leaves. The next day she returns and tells the girl that she is leaving her. The artist puts all her energy into her painting. One day she goes back to the hotel. As she climbs the stairs, she hears gunshots. She finds the man dead and the girl with a gun shot wound to her side.

Cast

  • Claire Keim as The Girl, a nightclub jazz singer. The narrator calls her "Agnus Dei".
  • Agathe De La Boulaye as The Narrator, and artist. The girl calls her "Lover".
  • Cyril Lecomte as The Man, owner of the nightclub where the girl sings. He has a past with the girl and tries to stop her seeing the narrator.
  • Sandra Nkake as Bu Savè, the narrator's long-term lover.
  • Ronald Guttman as Bartender
  • Cyrille Hertel as Bodyguard
  • Pascal Cervo as Hotel Clerk
  • Franck Prévost as Piano Player
  • Hélène Juren as Art School Model

Production

The Girl was based on a short story of the same name by French writer and theorist Monique Wittig. It was Wittig's first English language story.[1] The screenplay was written by Wittig and her partner Zeig.

Ratings and distribution

The Girl was unrated in the United States.[2] In the United Kingdom it was rated 15 and in Germany it was rated 12. It premiered on September 9, 2000 at the Toronto Film Festival.[3] It went on to appear in 2001 at the Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival.[4] It was given a limited theatrical release in the United States on April 20, 2001, distributed by Zeig's company Artistic License.[2]

Reception

Rotten Tomatoes gave The Girl a "rotten" rating of 13% based on 30 reviews.[5] Metacritic gave it a "generally negative" rating of 34% based on 14 reviews.[6]

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