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Elles (2011)

NC-17  |   |  Drama  |  1 February 2012 (France)
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On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students.


(as Malgoska Szumowska)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ...
La mère d'Anne
Le client sadique
Ali Marhyar ...
Jean-Marie Binoche ...
Le père d'Anne
Pablo Beugnet ...
Valérie Dréville ...
La mère de Charlotte
Le père de Charlotte
Arthur Moncla ...
Scali Delpeyrat ...
Laurence Ragon ...


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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Ellas  »

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€4,000,000 (estimated)

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


$157,427 (USA) (7 September 2012)

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Enjoyable but weak
15 October 2014 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

In the enjoyable but ultimately silly film, a wealthy Parisian journalist interview a couple of students who are earning their way through college working as prostitutes. Expecting to pity them, she finds herself envying (and fancying) them; the film makes the point that interviewer and interviewees alike inhabit a world that is full of rich men and luxurious surroundings, but the working girls have a measure of sexual excitement and control lacking in the married life. Now I can accept that not every prostitute is drug addicted, enslaved and so on: but it's hard to believe in the romantic and glamorous way their lives are depicted. Interestingly, this is a film directed by a woman, and starring three women as well: clearly the stereotype of the high-class hooker has enduring appeal to both sexes.

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