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Femmefille: Introduction (04:43)


While her mother was outside feeding animals, Isabelle Caro put on a dress, and discovered a new persona who was more free and stronger than Caro herself. Oliviero Toscani chose her for the "No-Anorexia" campaign because she displayed an arrogance that many afflicted possess. Caro was excited about the subsequent media attention.

Caro's Funeral (02:55)

Kiki Allgeier received an email from Christian Caro inviting her to the funeral. Before she left, he gave her a box of photographs and a video with her name on it. Caro created a vlog about meeting Allegeier who wanted to explore her artistic side.

Caro's Story (03:04)

Caro was happy until her mother's mental illness grew debilitating. She will be performing in "4.48 Psychosis" by Sarah Kane as her final acting project in school. She would love to portray a character who was not ill.

"4.48 Psychosis" (02:01)

Watch an excerpt of the rehearsal. The director gives Caro a note to not pity herself and be more expressive. Caro is unsure exactly what the director means.

Tough Day (03:04)

Allgeier met Caro the year of the No-Anorexia campaign. In an interview, she discusses how Toscani's fame helped address eating disorders. While she gets ready to go out, she explains that when her mother painted, she would not cry.

Christmas 1991 (03:06)

Listen to a story Caro wrote when she was a child about a sassy girl named Melody. Allegeier notice how Caro wanted to re-invent herself at an early age. Caro practices her diction during her vlog.

Three Years ago (04:30)

Christian remembers how Caro told him she would be away for two months, but she hid in her apartment and lost more than 20 pounds. He took her to the hospital. Caro moved to Marseille at the request of her physicians and avoided seeing her mother.

Filmed for Three Years (03:16)

At a photography session, Lorena takes pictures of Caro backstage as she is getting made up. She describes her favorite pictures and recorded a recent hospital visit of Caro's.

Writing a Book (02:24)

Caro describes why she wrote the book about anorexia. Schubert helps her relax during the editing process. She wrote the book in simple words, because she wanted it to be easy for the reader to understand.

Relationship with Her Mother (03:13)

Caro was too young to understand her mother's mental illness. Christian describes the artwork around his home— both Caro and her mother painted. Her mother home-schooled her until she was 11.

Violin Playing (05:03)

Caro reads an excerpt of her book. Christian recalls how he purchased a quarter violin for Caro— she would contribute to the family's income by playing outside café's in the Latin Quarter. In the book, she gave her mother and father the pseudonyms of "Magdalene" and "Joseph."

The Book Tour (04:07)

Caro signs autographs and speaks on a panel at the Turin Book Fair. At a book signing, she counsels a woman who also suffers from anorexia.

Interviews (02:22)

Caro explains to a reporter that writing the book helped her feel useful. She appeared on numerous talk shows and newscasts globally. She tells a journalist that her half-sister convinced her not to reveal more about her biological father.

Real Father (02:51)

Christian explains that he is Caro's biological father; they performed tests while she was hospitalized. Caro describes her father as an artist who met her mother on vacation in Cannes.

The Affair (03:18)

Caro changed her name when she was 25 years old. Christian and Caro's mother lived at pop singer Danyel Gérard's home for four years before moving next door. Christian plays a song Caro composed.

End of the Affair (02:20)

A reporter interviews Gérard about the allegations. Caro reads an excerpt from her book where her mother and Gérard part.

Plastic Surgery (03:21)

Caro thought her nose, mouth, and chin were ugly because her mother insisted she keep it covered. She thought cosmetic surgery would help her resolve her eating disorder. Christian did not know about the operation until it was completed— he paid the bill.

Recording a Demo (04:03)

Caro recorded "Mon Violin." Christian ended his collaboration with Gérard, because Gérard wanted to produce Caro's recording. Allegeier asks her to play, but Caro refuses.

Career Highlights (02:02)

Watch Caro perform on stage. She is cast in a Luc Besson film as "Nosibis."

On a TV Shoot (04:44)

Several of the contestants share a limousine. A nutritionist and Caro meet with the girls. She offers them help if they are having a hard time adjusting.

During the TV Shoot (05:28)

Caro coaches a model on how to pose more effectively. The nutritionist weighs the contestants and calculates the BMI of each. Caro becomes upset when RTL insists she be filmed in a bathing suit and display body parts.

Tipping Point (02:08)

Caro asked if Allegeier would accompany her to Japan. Unable to attend, Allegeier was shocked at Caro's emaciated form. Caro died the day after returning from the trip.

Burying Mother and Daughter Together (04:16)

Ann-Marie Caro designed a chapel for Caro's body. When it was completed, Ann-Marie committed suicide. Christian reads her suicide note.

Credits: FEMMEfille (01:55)

Credits: FEMMEfille

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In the fashion world, Isabelle Caro was known as the face of shocking campaign NO-Anorexia. But what is the story behind the woman whose emaciated body adorned Oliviera Toscani's billboards? Looking above and beyond her illness, this documentary turns back the clock on Isabelle's troubled life and reveals the true desires and ambitions of a young woman struggling to overcome her childhood trauma and enter the adult world.

Length: 81 minutes

Item#: BVL118362

ISBN: 978-1-63521-478-9

Copyright date: ©2015

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