10 Female Movie Directors You Need to Know

Catherine Breillat

Most Notable Movie: Fat Girl (2001)

The Paris-based filmmaker, who's scheduled to release her latest film Abuse of Weakness sometime this year, isn't interested in tradition. Instead, she's more concerned about conveying truth as close to the source as possible, which becomes problematic when your main focus is sexuality, intimacy and gender dynamics.

To get a sense just exactly what that means, watch Breillat's Fat Girl, a jarring and unexpected film that traces a young overweight girl's resentment and jealousy of her sister's sexual experiences. Sweaty palms and squirming while viewing her films is natural, as most of movies can't help but make their audience feel a tad guilty and voyeuristic.

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