Five women, all near the wrong side of forty, face life's ups and downs together with laughter, tears, and sometimes irony. Their only imperative: live, love and live some more.

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Uma comédia romântica sobre o sexo feminino


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17 October 1997 (Luxembourg)  »

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Elas  »

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PTE 700,000,000 (estimated)

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Fabulous Film!
20 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is fabulous! The film's vision is pure entertainment! It surpasses the ubiquitous genre of "women's watching." Despite its largely French and female setting, "Elles" has a message for everyone. It doesn't attempt to be profound; it presents life as it may challenge each person, female and male.

The women of this film have stories that are addressed less often than they should be. The humor is clever; the plot is easy to follow. The music is uplifting; the scenes are real and raw. These elements come together, and they set the stage for understanding the dimly-lit journey of unmarried forty-somethings. By the end, even the audience feels like a million Euros.

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