Q&A with Catherine Breillat on June 26

An appropriately boundary-pushing follow-up to Romance, Fat Girl is still considered by many to be Breillat’s magnum opus. Overweight 12-year-old Anaïs (Anaïs Reboux) sullenly spends a languorous summer holiday in the seaside town of Les Mathes trailing after her indifferent mother (Arsinée Khanjian) and seductive older sister Elena (Roxane Mesquida), a heralded beauty whom Anaïs both loves and loathes. They meet an Italian law student who has eyes for Elena, setting into motion a series of events by which Anaïs’s violent sexual fantasies and tendency toward self-abjection threaten to annihilate reality as she knows it. An NYFF38 selection. A Janus Films release.