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Provocative on more than one level, Pleasure peels back the curtain on unsavory aspects of the adult film industry, with Sofia Kappel's powerful performance leading the way. Read critic reviews

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Bella Cherry arrives in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an adult film star, but she soon learns that fame won't come easy as she harnesses her ambition and cunning to rise to the top of this mesmerizing and singular world.

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Dana De Armond

Eliza Jones
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Pape Boye
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Violaine Pichon
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Critic Reviews for Pleasure

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  • Writer-director Ninja Thyberg explores questions of complicity and consent in the face of fierce coercion.

    February 20, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Kappel's jaw-dropping and fearless performance blurs fiction and reality.

    February 8, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Thyberg doesn't shy away from the specifics of her milieu, but it's not an exposé on what pornography does to women as much as a harrowing examination of what the workplace expects and allows from women and men.

    February 3, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Less interested in giving pleasure than in taking it back, Thyberg's film might end on an ambiguous note, but few movies have ever been so eager to bare the simple truth of those words.

    February 2, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Grounded in years of meticulous research into the porn scene and cast with actors drawn entirely from that world except for Kappel herself, Pleasure is very persuasive in its evocation of the milieu.

    February 2, 2021 | Full Review…
  • With clarity, the most dire and disgusting aspects of the porn industry are highlighted in this technically accomplished if potentially divisive 18+ feature.

    February 2, 2021 | Full Review…

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