French provocateur Catherine Breillat's first film based on her novel, The Air Duct
is a disturbing study of a teenager coming to terms with her blossoming sexuality. Breillat and her producer, who apparently envisioned a soft-core picture in the David Hamilton mode, disagreed vigorously almost from the start about the tone it was to take. The film was almost abandoned, unfinished, and when it was completed it received an X rating from the French censor. It wasn't theatrically released in France until 2000, though it was shown occasionally at festivals. Sullen, 17-year-old Alice Bonnard (Charlotte Alexandra) reluctantly returns home from school f...