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A provocative exploration of female sexuality, Elles stars the fearless Juliette Binoche 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, though, 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. -- (C) Kino Lorber
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This Paris-based film from Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska is a fairly unengaging journalism procedural shellacked with a veneer of elliptical, complicated symbolism.
Writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska breaks past the facile moralizing only once.
"Elles" has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie.
Binoche is the disappointment. More than half the problem is that the script, co-written by the director, gives her little to do but fret and mope.
Both provocative and muddled, the film's a moody, passive-aggressive tract that's buoyed by superior performances and sunk by its own uncertainties.
Elles is undeniably challenging, courageously delving into some immensely messy issues surrounding sexuality and the ways men and women barter in relationships.
Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska deserves some sort of award for making such a potentially spell-binding topic so flat.
I can't tell what Elles has to say and I rather think the filmmakers don't either
There is an element of voyeurism and titillation by design that seeps out in the realisation of the narrative
Sexy enough to arouse and honest enough to provide reasons to be turned off.
Beneath its sophisticated Frenchness and Juliette Binoche-led cast, Elles is gratuitous garbage.
The three actresses put on a show (including graphic sex scenes), but it's a small show.
The shock factor may put off some, especially men who might feel uncomfortable having their sex portrayed with such cruel strokes (including male film critics-this film has been panned by so many of them) ...
While Binoche is almost always worth watching, this is one of the exceptions to that rule.
Yes, I know, it's the obvious semi-feminist take on the oldest profession in the world, and yes, men are pigs.
How did the Polish filmmaker Malgoska Szumowska dupe the classy Juliette Binoche to participate in such a dubious, exploitative film?
Audience Reviews for Elles
- Charlotte: En fait, ils parlent...
- Anne: What kind of men do you see?
- Charlotte: Bored husbands.
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