‘Une Fille Facile’: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about French film coming to Netflix
The coming-of-age film centers around 16-year-old Naima and her older, free-spirited cousin Sofia, as they spend their summer surrounded by the scenic French Riviera
In a pre-streaming era, European films, especially non-English ones had a hard time finding popularity in the U.S. But times have changed. Every streaming platform now does its fair share to make available a lot of quality non-English content, making otherwise obscure cinema accessible to the mainstream audience. ‘Une Fille Facile’ or ‘An Easy Girl’ is one such example.
While ‘Une Fille Facile’ was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the SACD Award for Best French-language Film, the film will be available for viewing on Netflix on August 13.
As per IMDb, ‘Une Fille Facile’ follows Naima, a 16-year-old who lives in Cannes, the famous resort town on the French Riviera. During the summer, when she has important decisions to make -- to choose what she wants to do with her life -- her cousin Sofia arrives. Naima is soon drawn into her cousin's free-spirited lifestyle, despite warnings from her concerned best friend.
Zahia Dehar as Sofia
The 28-year-old French-Algerian fashion designer, former escort, model, and actor achieved fame by modeling for artists such as Pierre et Gilles and Karl Lagerfeld. The only other film that she has worked in is 2016’s French comedy ‘Joséphine, Pregnant and Fabulous’.
Benoît Magimel as Philippe
The 46-year-old French actor has been in the French film industry for a little more than three decades. In his long career, he has received critical acclaim for several roles, the most notable being that of Walter Klemmer in ‘The Piano Teacher’ for which he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. His other acclaimed roles include ‘My Way’, ‘Standing Tall’, ‘A Girl Cut in Two’, and more.
Nuno Lopes as Andrès
The 42-year-old Portuguese actor and DJ was most recently seen internationally as Duarte ‘Boxer’ Silva, the lovable-but-dangerous henchman in the Netflix series ‘White Lines’. He also received international acclaim for his role in the Portuguese film ‘Saint George’.
‘Une Fille Facile’ is directed by French filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski. The film was written by Zlotowski as well, along with the lead actor, Dehar, and Teddy Lussi-Modeste. The award-winning filmmaker has screen-written several French films, and has directed, aside from ‘Une Fille Facile’, films such as ‘Belle Épine’, ‘Grand Central’, and ‘Planetarium’.
Speaking about ‘Une Fille Facile’ with Cineuropa, Zlotowski described the film as “a simple film on complex subjects”. She said, “I wanted to bring in eroticism as a weapon and as a political statement, and to show both men and women in a fair way.”
The French-language trailer of ‘Une Fille Facile’ shows all that’s described in the plot and more. Gilded with gorgeous views of the French Riviera, we see Naima getting to know her cousin, Sofia, as the latter parties in a free-spirited manner that Naima quite doesn’t understand. In the meantime, we also see Andrès and Philippe, both of whom are drawn to the two. The trailer promises a light coming-of-age film that, as the director claims, touches upon some complex subjects.
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