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Léa (2011)

A long-awaited admittance to a prestigious Parisian Institute of Political Studies comes at a high cost, as a diligent college student reluctantly becomes a stripper to make ends meet.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Azoulay ... Léa Arnauld
Ginette Garcin ... La grand-mère
... Julien
Magali Muxart ... Corinne
Nina Roberts ... Christie
... La directrice de la maison de retraite
Vinciane Millereau ... La prof Sciences Po
Thibault de Montalembert ... Martin Itzinger
Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Pierre
Carole Franck ... Philippine, la patronne du strip-club
Géraldine Martineau ... Alice
Ivan Cori ... Alex
Nina Meurisse ... Sonia, la stagiaire orthophoniste
Patrick Bonnel ... Le père de Léa
Nathalie Trafford ... La femme du père
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Léa is a student who grew up as an orphan. She lives with her grandmother who once brought her up and who now relentlessly demands Léa's full attention, even at night time. One night her grandmother, whose state of mind deteriorates increasingly faster, slips off and strolls around without heading for any particular destination. Léa panics in the course of finding the old women. Consequently she makes sure her grandmother is taken care of full-time in an appropriate institution where she can keep her own furniture and receives a therapy to slow down her mental descend. Léa, who works in a nightclub, can no longer cover her expenses by just cleaning tables. She starts working as one of the strippers and earns additional money with lap dance. She starts to spend her time between nightclub and university in a brasserie and takes the owner as her lover. Unfortunatey he has to tell the obviously permanently exhausted Léa that he can't cope with her erratic behaviour. When a young and vain ...

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6 July 2011 (France)  »

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Lea - Die strippende Studentin  »

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€1,072,862 (estimated)
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Strip-teaseuse Le Havre 2: Don't forget, open the dress from the back or you'll get in a mess. Undo the Velcro in one quick "rip" and pull it open. It works every time. Don't worry. And most important is once you're naked, there's not much more to do, you just dance, OK?
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A day in the life (of a lifeless day)...
10 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

I like to watch movies. All kinds of movies. I'm especially drawn to alternative, independent, low-budget films where I don't know what to expect and the actors/actresses are new to me. Often, those films turn out to be very pleasantly surprising. Or surprisingly pleasant. It was with this thinking that I chose to take a chance with "Lea". My instinct failed me.

Rarely do I come across a protagonist so unsympathetic. The plot follows the struggle of a girl in her twenties, trying to make ends meet. A girl that lives with and looks after her grandmother, works as a waitress in a strip club and has high aspirations for her academic studies. Not sure if it's the lack of talent in the acting department or the lack of surprises in the storyline, but after a certain point I stopped caring if anything would happen to dear miss Lea. Good or bad.

The biggest surprise - if you can call it that - is that the waitress becomes a stripper. Other than that it's like watching a documentary on the daily life of a bored (and alas, boring) small town French girl. She seems to be unhappy in everything she gets involved with - her nightclub work, her morning studies, her relationship, the college parties she attends. Perhaps under a different director, with a different actress and a more intriguing plot, it could have been an in-depth case study of a provincial character. This film however does not allow us to get a glimpse inside the leading lady's mind. She's constantly troubled, yet it's impossible to identify with her. No explanations are given. A troubled childhood? Lack of compromise with society? Confused personality? The viewer needs strong reasons to sympathize with her pain but Anne Azoulay under the direction of Bruno Rolland gives us none. Null.


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