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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)


, (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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 February 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ellas  »

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Box Office


€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Intimate and close but superb.
22 November 2012 | by (Dublin) – See all my reviews

It's a film based around a journalist writing an article about student prostitution and her life as a housewife and it touches on the lives of two prostitutes. It's a strangely intimate story complemented by beautiful music and very erotic scenes. Miss Binoche is superb with all her usual beautiful nuances and command of the screen.

It's a film about the universe of a woman's soul and it's rather compelling. I thought it was great and it lingers with you, its inconclusive and that makes you draw your own conclusions, so the film will be different for everyone. I drew we are all alone and no-one really knows us.

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