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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miou-Miou ... Eva
Carmen Maura ... Linda
Marthe Keller ... Barbara
Marisa Berenson ... Chloé
Guesch Patti Guesch Patti ... Branca
Joaquim de Almeida ... Gigi
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Edgar
Morgan Perez Morgan Perez ... Luis
Florence Loiret Caille ... Rita (as Florence Loiret)
Mapi Galán Mapi Galán ... Raquel
Bobette Jouret Bobette Jouret ... Bela Luna
Amparo Muñoz ... Maria
Maurice Chevit Maurice Chevit ... Alberto
Marie Guillard Marie Guillard ... Inès
Nicolas Djermag Nicolas Djermag ... Tiago


In Lisbon, the middle-aged TV journalist Linda Lapa is preparing a special program named 'Three Wishes' for her show "Maquillages" (make-up) and interviews her best-friends Eva, Barbara, Chloé and Branca. Linda has a love affair with the younger director Gigi but she does not allow him to spend the night with her. When the young actress Raquel flirts with Gigi, Linda feels that she must change her behavior to keep her relationship with her lover. Eva is a widow literature professor with a son. Eva feels desire for Luis but lives a moral dilemma between her lust and their age difference. Barbara is hypochondriac and misses her husband Edgar (Didier Flamand), but they have a good relationship and Barbara, her daughter Inês (Marie Guillard) and Luis frequently meets Edgar. When Barbara faints in a store, she discovers that she has an incurable disease. Chloé is a lesbian make-up professional that was addicted to heroin and secretly loves Branca, who is a successful actress and the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Uma comédia romântica sobre o sexo feminino


Drama | Romance | Comedy


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French | Portuguese

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (Luxembourg) See more »

Also Known As:

Elas See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »


Box Office


PTE 700,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Luxembourgfor the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 70th Academy Awards in 1998. See more »


[first lines]
[Linda watches a recording on her portable video camera. On screen there is Eva. Behind the camera, Linda directs a interview]
Linda: You may start now. The genie is here, before you. You may ask him three wishes.
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A tribute to the best part of humanity
10 January 2004 | by George ParkerSee all my reviews

"Elles" is a slice-of-european-middleaged-female-life flick with all the beauty and elegance of the best Europics and a cast of some of Europe's brightest female stars. The film wanders through the midlives of a bunch of interconnected women and explores their moments of passion, lust, joy, frustration, jealousy, fear, hope, despair, romance, etc. as it deals with such issues as love, affairs, aging, family, careers, drugs, lesbianism, etc. Sensitive, empathetic, compassionate, playful, wistful, etc., and without a distinct storyline, this film bathes the audience in all the wonders that are women. A fitting treatise and worthy tribute to the gentle gender beyond forty. Recommended for more mature audiences into European films about....um, well, women. (B+)

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