Giving up a baby at birth reps a taboo choice in “Twiggy,” a slight, sanctimonious drama from tyro French helmer Emmanuelle Millet. That the film’s protagonist shows no signs of pregnancy until well into her ninth month requires a mighty suspension of disbelief, and the overdetermined narrative wants to have its cake (a hot-looking free spirit for the main character) and eat it (everyone gets to put in their two cents about her decision to have the child adopted). An arthouse release domestically, pic is fest fodder offshore.

After fainting at her Marseilles gallery job, 20-year-old Sarah (pouty looker Christa Theret) learns, to her surprise, that she is six months pregnant. Soon jobless and homeless, she finds shelter at a Catholic-run maternity home where a social worker (Anne Le Ny) advises her not to let the other residents know she’s planning to give up the child. Meanwhile, beautiful, bare-legged Sarah continues to look and behave as if she isn’t pregnant at all, avoiding doctor appointments and taking up with a handsome young student (Johan Liberau). Tech package feels sturdier than the script, with handsome lensing reinforcing Sarah’s feeling of isolation.



  • Production: An Ad Vitam release of a Manchester Films, Thelma Films production, with the participation of Canal Plus, CineCinema, TV5 Monde, Centre National de la Cinematographie et de l'Image Animee, with the support of the Region Provence Alpes Cotes d'Azur in association with La Sofica, La Banque Postale Image 4. (International sales: Films Distribution, Paris.) Produced by Catherine Bozorgan, Christine Gozlan. Directed, written by Emmanuelle Millet.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Antoine Heberle; editors, Emmanuelle Castro, Anny Danche; music, Christophe Julien; art director, Carine Levoyer; costume designer, Sylvie Gautrelet. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Discovery), Sept. 14, 2011. Running time: 81 MIN.
  • With: With: Christa Theret, Johan Liberau, Anne Le Ny.
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