Elles

Elles

DVD - 2012 | French
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A journalist researching an article on student prostitution for the French edition of ELLE magazine finds herself drawn to two young women. The stories these seemingly well-adjusted girls share force the middle-aged writer to examine her own life, family and sexuality.

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A remarkable film, with two outstanding actresses: Juliette Binoche (of course) and Anaïs Demoustier. The young Polish actress is not in their league. Binoche plays the part of a journalist, Anne, researching the lives, and especially the motivations of two young prostitutes. Her marriage has become one of convenience: convenient for her husband and two sons, not so much for her. Her husband is distant, and clearly not physically or spiritually attracted to her any more. Anne begins to live, vicariously, the sexual lives of her subjects, and reality and fantasy become mixed.

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molly
Feb 12, 2017

No matter how you cut it, or what you are looking for;
this movie is a complete waste of time.

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LibraryUser53
Mar 14, 2013

One can view this movie from two points of view. First, as a sort of fictional documentary film, about a magazine writer reporting on a story on what motivates college age girls to offer themselves up to men old enough to be their fathers. Is it simply an efficient way to make money so they have more time to study? Or something else? That part is sort of interesting, but I wouldn't stay up late just to see it. But second, the film can also be viewed as an alternating series of scenes of seemingly pleasant enough events, followed by subtley harsh and irritating events. A sort of analogy of the trials and tribulation of life. It is in this second view that the director and screenwriter excel.

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