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On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students.

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Anne
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Charlotte
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Alicja
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ...
Patrick
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La mère d'Anne
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Le client sadique
Ali Marhyar ...
Saïd
Jean-Marie Binoche ...
Le père d'Anne
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Florent
Pablo Beugnet ...
Stéphane
Valérie Dréville ...
La mère de Charlotte
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Le père de Charlotte
Arthur Moncla ...
Thomas
Scali Delpeyrat ...
Charles
Laurence Ragon ...
Colette
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Anne (Juliette Binoche), a well-off, Paris-based mother of two and investigative journalist for ELLE, is writing an article about student prostitution. Her meetings with two fiercely independent young women, Alicja (Joanna Kulig) and Charlotte (Anais Demoustier), are profound and unsettling, moving her to question her most intimate convictions about money, family and sex. Written by Tine Byrckel

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The world's oldest profession still has its secrets.

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,286 (USA) (27 April 2012)

Gross:

$157,427 (USA) (7 September 2012)
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Les Feuilles Mortes
Music by Joseph Kosma
Lyrics by Jacques Prévert
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Binoche the only reason to see this disappointing film
24 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although directed and co-written by a Polish woman (Malgorzata Szumowska), this French-language film has so many of the ingredients that we associate with Gallic art house movies: it is slow and ponderous, the narrative is fractured, there is smoking, drinking, and eating, there is sex but much of it is sordid or sad or sadistic, there are scenes which are simply inexplicable, and the conclusion is utterly unresolved and even senseless.

Juliette Binoche plays Anne, a journalist with "Elle" researching an article on how students fund their education through prostitution. Apparently she only interviews - repeatedly - two students: the French girl Charlotte (Anaïs Demoustier) and the Polish girl Alicja (Joanna Kulig). Neither hooker seems as unsettled by the lifestyle she has chosen as Anne appears unbalanced by the interviews. It is all rather disjointed and unsatisfactory and the only reason for seeing the film is the wonderful work of the ever-impressive Binoche.


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