Criterion was the first to release the controversial film on home video yet letís be honest, with what we get here any studio could have put it out and we would have probably received the same lame set of supplements. The movie aches for some scholarly material but Criterion unfortunately just gives this one a quickie release.
First is a rather useless Making of ďdocumentaryĒ running 5-and-a-half minutes, made up of brief interview clips and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as unedited footage from the film. Thereís a couple things Breillat says regarding how she works with the actors that may prove interesting if only because it makes it seem she has a certain contempt for them (further suggested by her comments in the other features found on this disc.) Though it shows brief footage of a deleted scene, which turns out to be an alternate ending, it really doesnít come off as anything more than a fluffy PR featurette.
Under ďInterviewsĒ we get a couple of features. Catherine Breillat talks about her film is a little better in comparison to the previous feature but not by much. Breillat talks about her characters in the film and prepping the actors for the roles. She then carries on more about what she hates about actors, specifically ones that want control over their parts, but she at least speaks fondly of her lead, AnaÔs Reboux. She then talks about editing and discovering new meanings to her film, which explains the alternate ending, shown here, that was shot and probably rightly not used. In all honesty I didnít find her comments on the characters and themes within the film particularly insightful and found them to be more superficial. The only real value is the presentation of the alternate ending.
The final feature is an interview with Catherine Breillat filmed after the premiere of Fat Girl at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival. Here she kind of repeats some of the things said in the previous interviews found on this disc, particularly about the themes in the film and the characters and actors, but her comments about the comedy found in the nastier aspects of the film are intriguing as are comments that expand upon the relationship between the sisters. This interview runs 12-minutes.
The disc then closes with a fairly awful American theatrical trailer and a not-as-bad French trailer. Both are just over a minute long.
The fold-out insert probably proves to be the strongest aspect of this edition, first presenting a decent essay by Ginette Vincendeau followed by a reprint of an interview with Breillat which is possibly the best interview with her to be found in the set. The booklet then concludes with a note by Breillat explaining the title and issues there were with translating it between languages.
The film is really such a polarizing one that it would truly benefit from some more analysis from film critics and scholars, but instead we get a few supplements with the director repeating some of the same statements over and over again about the her process and working with the actors, never offering much insight into her own film. In the end I could give or take just about everything on here. 3/10