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Elles (2011)

Unrated | | 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.

Director:

Malgorzata Szumowska (as Malgoska Szumowska)

Writers:

Tine Byrckel, Malgorzata Szumowska (as Malgoska Szumowska)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Anne
Anaïs Demoustier ... Charlotte
Joanna Kulig ... Alicja
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Patrick
Krystyna Janda ... La mère d'Anne
Andrzej Chyra ... Le client sadique
Ali Marhyar Ali Marhyar ... Saïd
Jean-Marie Binoche Jean-Marie Binoche ... Le père d'Anne
François Civil ... Florent
Pablo Beugnet Pablo Beugnet ... Stéphane
Valérie Dréville Valérie Dréville ... La mère de Charlotte
Jean-Louis Coulloc'h ... Le père de Charlotte
Arthur Moncla Arthur Moncla ... Thomas
Scali Delpeyrat ... Charles
Laurence Ragon 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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Drama

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France | Poland | Germany

Language:

French | English | Polish

Release Date:

1 February 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ellas See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,286, 29 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$157,427, 9 September 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Gloria RV 589 - 1. Gloria in excelsis Deo
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Sex, Fantasies, Family and Lies
26 June 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Paris, Elle Magazine's journalist Anne (Juliette Binoche) is assigned to write a four-page article about prostitution. Anne is a middle class mother and housewife that lives a routine life in a comfortable apartment with her husband Patrick (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) and her two sons, the teenager Florent (François Civil) and the boy Stéphane (Pablo Beugnet).

Anne contacts the college students and call-girls Charlotte "Lola" (Anaïs Demoustier) and Alicja (Joanna Kulig) and she interviews them. They tell details of their sexual experience with their clients, most of them married and aged enough to be their fathers, who are seeking kinky sex that they do not do with their wives.

In the beginning, Anne is shocked with the humiliations and perversions that the girls are submitted to keep their lifestyles. But soon she realizes how tedious her life is and she fantasizes sexual encounters with their clients. Further, she changes her opinion and attitude towards the girls that have good time in their lives with their independence. But in the end, she wears the society mask and returns to her routine life with her family.

"Elles" is a sensual and erotic drama with the theme of prostitution that has been already explored in other movies. The greatest difference is Juliette Binoche, who is perfect in the role of a bourgeois woman that lives in conflict with herself and her family after discovering a different world through her contact with young whores. The contrast of their lives is well used in the screenplay that alternates the girls having sex with clients and Juliette Binoche cooking, washing and cleaning at home. Inclusive it seems that this actress burned her hand indeed while cooking.

There are scenes very explicit with the sexy and gorgeous French actress Anaïs Demoustier and Polish actress Joanna Kulig that are exploitation and certainly will unpleased many viewers. Last but not the least, the music score with classic is another plus in this movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Elles"


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