La fille de 15 ans (1989) AKA The 15 Year Old Girl


Willy, a middle-aged divorcee, decides to take his 15 year-old son, Thomas, on holiday to Ibiza, staying at an isolated villa on the unspoiled part of the coast. Thomas insists on bringing his friend Juliette, a girl of his own age with whom he enjoys a close platonic relationship. When it comes to physical love, Juliette is wise beyond her years. As the holiday progresses, Juliette realizes that Willy is attracted to her. She confides in Thomas that she will seduce his father and then reject him, in the hope that she can rid herself of his unwelcome attentions. Unaware of this subterfuge, Willy is torn between his physical attraction towards the teenage girl and his love for his son.

Director: Jacques Doillon.
Writers: Jacques Doillon (scenario), Jean-François Goyet & Arlette Langmann (scenario collaborator), Judith Godrèche (scenario collaborator) (uncredited).
Stars: Judith Godreche, Jacques Doillon, Melvil Poupaud. AKA The 15 Year Old Girl


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  1. April 11, 2020

    With an amazing villa location (Cap Llentrisca, Ibiza) and intriguing (if theatrical) plot/character interaction, this is only let down by unreliable subtitles – words missing or sentences too-literally translated. If you have better French than I do, you’ll be fine.

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