Everyday, three sex workers cross the border from France into Belgium to practice their trade. At the end of one particularly hot summer, all three share a secret that will bind them together forever.

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Anne Paulicevich (screenplay)
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Sara Forestier ... Axelle
Noémie Lvovsky ... Dominique
Annabelle Lengronne ... Conso
Nicolas Cazalé ... Yann
Jonas Bloquet ... Jean-Fi
Sergi López ... Boris
Els Deceukelier Els Deceukelier ... La mère d'Axelle
Matteo Lecuyer Matteo Lecuyer ... Ryan
Günter Duret Günter Duret ... Keylis (as Gunther Duret)
Véra Fonteyne Véra Fonteyne ... Charline
Salomé Dewaels Salomé Dewaels ... Zoé
Lydia Indjova ... Lola
Marwanne Belarbi Marwanne Belarbi ... Fille bande du Roux
Mohccinne Yahyaoui Mohccinne Yahyaoui ... Fils bande du Roux
Youssef Hiba Youssef Hiba ... Fils bande du Roux
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Everyday, three sex workers cross the border from France into Belgium to practice their trade. At the end of one particularly hot summer, all three share a secret that will bind them together forever.

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Official submission of Belgium for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »

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A chronicle of struggling women
15 November 2020 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

'Filles de Joie' is Belgium's submission for the foreign language Oscar. This news came as a surprise for many moviegoers, because the release went largely unnoticed. In the northern part of the country the film didn't even make it to the cinemas. It's not hard to see why. This is a decent film, but nothing special. It certainly is no Oscar material. The film chronicles the lives of three sex workers. Why they have chosen this line of work remains unclear, but each of them has issues in their personal lives. Axelle has to cope with three small children and an agressive ex-husband. Conso dreams of a future as a wife and mother, but is shattered when she learns her lover is married and celebrating the birth of his baby. Dominique is happily married, but lives in fear that her teenage daughter will also be lured by the easy money of the sex business. The film starts with a nice scene: during a thunderstorm the three women bury a dead body, wrapped in plastic. But the effect of this dramatic start is wasted: the rest of the story seems to ignore the murder and only at the very end we learn the identity of the victim. It is as if the murder has been an afterthought, to add some spice to the story. The film is by no means a murder mystery. It is a real life portrait of three struggling women. There's nothing wrong with that, but this film lacks the intensity needed to really impress.


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Belgium | France

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French

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12 February 2020 (Belgium) See more »

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Working Girls See more »

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$355,614
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