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Elles [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]

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  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BWFOVE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,468 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Polish screenwriter, producer and director Malgorzata Szumowska`s fourth feature film which she co-wrote with Danish French-based psychoanalyst, journalist and screenwriter Tine Byrckel and co-produced, is somewhat based on stories from real-life prostitutes which the director met as part of her research. It premiered in the Special Presentations section at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, was screened in the Spotlight section at the 11th Tribeca Film Festival in 2012, in the Panorama section at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012 and is a Poland-France-Germany co-production which was shot in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany and produced by Danish-French producer Marianne Slot. It tells the story about a journalist for the worldwide fashion magazine Elle named Anne who lives in Paris, France with her husband named Patrick and their two adolescent sons named Florent and Stephane. Anne is doing an article about female student prostitution and is enlightened when she meets a French woman named Charlotte and a Polish woman named Alicja who explicitly tells her about their experiences with their clients.

Finely and intimately directed by Polish filmmaker Malgorzata Szumowska, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from the viewpoints of a driven reporter and two young call girls, draws a somewhat engaging portrayal of a middle-aged woman who after getting to know and becoming intrigued by a lifestyle that is very foreign to that of her own, begins to care more about the theme of her article than her own family.
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By cartoon on 28 Aug. 2012
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Excellent and explicit film , showing a womens take on prostitution . Binoche is of course brilliant as the journalist who interviews 2 student escort girls and then finds her attitude to her own sex put under the spot light . This film is neither bleak nor titilating and all the acting seems extremely natural . One of my favourite films of the year .
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I must say I always start from the premise that anything with Juliette Binoche in is generally worth watching, but, while this 2011 film directed (and co-written) by Polish film-maker Ma³gorzata Szumowska has a relatively intriguing premise - a journalist's 'inside take' on prostitution - I found Elles' episodic narrative only partially engaging, with even Binoche rather struggling to make it gel. Of course, such a subject matter - indeed, anything with a potentially high sexual content - is always (I feel) a cinematic challenge with the need to avoid gratuitous titillation and, whilst Malgorzata just about achieves that here with a starkly realistic portrait of the world's oldest profession, Elles just meanders a little too much for me.

Acting-wise, there's no problem. Binoche is never less than engaging as the 'beast of burden' Anne, a put-upon trophy wife (to Louis-Do de Lencquesaing's businessman Patrick) who discovers, to her surprise, that both 'escorts' she has managed to persuade to be interviewed for her magazine article are actually articulate, ambitious young women, apparently content in their new-found, lucrative side-jobs. Each of Anais Demoustier and Joanna Kulig are very impressive as (respectively) the upwardly mobile, but reserved Charlotte (with steady boyfriend still in tow) and the more extrovert Polish student Alicja - the latter who draws Anne out of her staid, abstinent self, thereby fostering a degree of rebellious self-discovery in the journalist. Unfortunately, having set up two potentially intriguing characters in Charlotte and Alicja, neither are (for me) satisfactorily developed (despite each experiencing 'rude awakenings' in their new 'careers') and we are left with the story of Binoche's Anne as the film's centrepiece, whose own sexual (re)awakening is (whilst convincingly done by the actress) only pursued to rather inconsequential effect.
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Juliette Binoche (The English Patient [1996] [Blu-ray], Three Colours Blue [DVD] [1993]) stars as Anne, an investigative journalist on the hunt for finding the truth about things. In her latest exposé she is looking into prostitution within students, and finds two girls quite happy to tell her what goes on (Charlotte (Anaïs Demoustier) and Alicja (Joanna Kulig)). She finds out shocking things she wouldn't expect in her life - and how the girls manage it, and still keep going to university at the same time. Anne discovers her life isn't as straight forward either, and she's lacking something.

It's quite an interesting film, though it is quite difficult to get into, as it's slow, and it's development does take a long time. Both Anaïs and Joanna are both good actors, and of course Juliette gives us a stirling performance. Some people may ask though, what separates this from porn and just a film though, and yes, that is a good question, as there are some scenes you'd normally get on a porn movie, though I don't think you could really get excited over this movie as it's not done glamorously and even at times it's quite cringe worthy.

The sound on this was excellent, with a good mix and sounds coming from all angles, the dialogue is well mixed too. The picture is good, clear and well coloured.

Altogether this is an interesting film, but I don't think I'd actually buy it as it has no come back features to it, once you've seen it, you've seen it. There's no fascinating moment where you think I really need to see that again, simply because it's slow and the progression can be minimal.

Watch out for François Civil, I can see him being a star in a few years time.
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