Elles 2012 NC-17

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A provocative and raw exploration of female sexuality from France, ELLES paints an unromantic picture of upper-crust domesticity refracted through the vibrant eroticism of prostitution. Juliette Binoche stars as a well-off Parisian journalist investigates the lives of two student prostitutes for a magazine article.

Starring:
Anaïs Demoustier, Andrzej Chyra
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Elles

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Malgorzata Szumowska
Starring Anaïs Demoustier, Andrzej Chyra
Supporting actors Joanna Kulig, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Chyra, Ali Marhyar, Jean-Marie Binoche, François Civil, Pablo Beugnet, Valérie Dréville, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Arthur Moncla, Scali Delpeyrat, Laurence Ragon, Alain Libolt, Swann Arlaud, Nicolas Layani, Laurent Jumeaucourt, José Fumanal
Studio Kino Lorber
MPAA rating NC-17
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I played on my lunch hour at work.
Beverly E. Lanclos
They are subtle sex scenes but the way they were filmed was beautiful.
Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
Could not get past the first 20 minutes.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dennis A. Amith (kndy) TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
From Polish filmmaker/screenwriter Malgorzata Szumowska ("Stranger", "Happy Man") and co-writer Tine Byrckel comes a film about self-reflection in "Elles".

Starring actress Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient", "Three Colors: Blue", "Cache") and young talents Anais Demoustier ("Therese Desqueyroux", "Last Winter") and Joanna Kulig ("The Woman in the Fifth"), "Elles" was released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Kino Lorber.

VIDEO:

"Elles" is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1 anamorphic widescreen). While watching this film, there was something beautiful about the Michael Englert's cinematography. From scenes showcasing the women outside of their patio and you can see the buildings and scenery around them, for me it was the juxtaposition of beautiful images through Anne's home. From her cooking food to wearing her silk pajamas, there was this look of beauty that was captured on camera. Almost heavenly to describe the living conditions of Anne, vs. the more grimy nature of her going to some location where graffiti is spraypainted on walls and she can't bare the thought of using the bathroom in that facility. But as beauty is captured in Anne's home, there's also a beautiful capturing of sex scenes that involve Charlotte. They are subtle sex scenes but the way they were filmed was beautiful. Composition was fantastic!

I didn't detect any problems during my viewing of this film on Blu-ray but overall, a solid presentation.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

"Elles" is presented in French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 with English subtitles. The film is primarily front channel driven, dialogue was crystal clear and the music from the classical music channel also sounds great coming from the front channel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2013
Format: DVD
"Elles" (2011 release from France; 96 min.) brings two parallel stories. In the first one, we meet Anne (played by Juliette Binoche), a reporter for the renowed French fashion and lifestyle magazine "Elle". Anne is writing an article on escort services provided by young women at university in Paris. The article focues on two such women: there is the timid Charlotte (played by Anais Demoustier), and there is also the more brash Alicja (played by Joanna Kulig), a Polish student who has emigrated to Paris for her studies. The second story line centers around Anne's family: her husband and her two sons. Everyone in the family seems to be in their own little world and Anne feels frustrated and boxed in. The movie plays out over the course of a single day (but with flashbacks) as Anne is trying to finish her article for Elle, and is also preparing for a dinner she and her husband are hosting that evening for his boss.

Several comments: I realize that the movie is titled "Elles" as a wordplay on both the magazine and the two young women we get to know ("Elles" is the French female plural for "they"), but this is doing a disservice to the movie. Why? Because as it turns out the movie pays more attention to, and is far more effective as an analysis of, Anne's crumbling marriage than it does to the economic and emotional circumstances of the two young women. The last third of the movie barely touches on the fate of the young women, and hence my suggested retitling of the movie. That said, the acting performances of the three leading ladies are all noteworthy.

The movie is a co-production between a number of various French and Polish resources. In fact I don't recall having seen so many different "supporting" and "participating" groups in a single movie (maybe as many as 15!).
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on November 6, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Bored housewife, unappreciated by her husband etc. interviews two student prostitutes, gets intrigued and then turned-on by their seemingly more exciting, more liberated lifestyle. Lots and lots of questioning looks and smiling between the interviewer and interviewees and... that's about it. No real exploration of the realities of these girls' lives, or their clients, a couple of fairly graphic but unerotic scenes and huge amount of well worn cliches. All explored before in the equally insipid, superficial and cliched Belle de Jour. The issues it raises are interesting but, like Belle de Jour, it delivers no answers and the real question is what on earth is Juliette Binoche doing in such a boring and pointless film? A waste of her and your time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L on February 5, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
OK fellow movie fans, let me be honest with you, this movie is awful. If you feel that watching a woman get urinated on is art then this is a great film. I never understood why make these films when they are soft porn with a plot. Stick to the real thing if that is what you are after.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carlos E. Velasquez on March 12, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
When you think about prostitution, what usually comes to mind are the ladies in the street or the so-called bordellos (for rich and poor). But, in the changing world, prostitution keeps evolving due to many reasons, one being our current economies. Not everybody is competitive, and, sadly, some go into this profession as an act of desperation, curiosity, or other reasons. "Elles" is a fascinating and gripping film that explores these issues in a dramatic and intriguing way.

Anne (Juliette Binoche) is apparently a happily-married journalist, who is writing an article about Paris' students for Elle magazine. She struggles doing chores at home, including raising a teenage son and a smaller daughter, and doing research for her book. This research involves spending time and interviewing two young college students (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier), who, for different reasons, moonlight as prostitutes. The descriptions of their sexual duties are very graphic, and it involves several types of men - mostly married --, who have the most bizarre requests. This assignment slowly affects Anne's psyche and personal life, forcing her to make some serious decisions.

Directed by Malgoska Szumowska, "Elles" is another movie that shows us aspects of our daily life that people are not aware of or simply ignore. Student prostitution is a sign of the times, not only in France, but in other places, including the USA. The film, as I say, is kind of graphic in the frank depiction of sex and sexual preferences, including a good dose of nudity. The Blu-ray includes edited and unedited trailers and more. (France, Poland, Germany; 2011, color, 99 min plus additional material)

Reviewed on March 12, 2013 by Eric Gonzalez for Kino Lorber Blu-ray
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