Catherine Breillat’s first feature—adapted from her own novel, Le soupirail—endures as one of the boldest and most provocative debuts in French cinema after the New Wave. Alice (Charlotte Alexandra) is a 14-year-old girl home from boarding school for the summer; as she comes to terms with her own burgeoning sexuality, she meets Jim (Hiram Keller), a young man who works for her father, with whom she enters into an increasingly transgressive and sexually experimental relationship. Filmed in 1976 but suppressed for censorship concerns until it was released in 2000, A Real Young Girl is an astonishing first stab at the themes and motifs that would find expression time and again throughout Breillat’s filmography.