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Directed by Małgorzata Szumowska • 2011 • France, Germany, Poland
Starring Juliette Binoche, Joanna Kulig, Anaïs Demoustier
A provocative and raw exploration of female sexuality, director Małgorzata Szumowska’s ELLES paints an unromantic picture of upper-crust domesticity refracted through the world of sex work. The fearless Juliette Binoche stars as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article. What begins as a routine assignment shaped by preconceived notions quickly turns personal, as Anne is drawn into the lives of these fiercely independent young women and forced to confront her own sexual fears and desires. A bold examination of poverty and privilege, age and youth, ELLES probes the loneliness, sterility, and isolation that plague marital life and stifle sensuality.