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Elles [Blu-ray] (2011)

Juliette Binoche , Anaïs Demoustier , Malgorzata Szumowska  |  NC-17 |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier, Joanna Kulig, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
  • Directors: Malgorzata Szumowska
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BWFOVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award Winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) stars as a journalist researching an article on student prostitution for the French edition of ELLE magazine finds herself drawn to two young women. The stories these seemingly well-adjusted girls share force the middle-aged writer to examine her own life, family and sexuality. Elles is a must-see film from acclaimed director Malgoska Szumowska (Antichrist), whose talent has finally flourished in full bloom.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) Sensual, natural and entertaining! 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.

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"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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be titled "Demise of a Marriage" 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A middle age woman peeks behind the facade January 13, 2013
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Elles is a serious look at a specific aspect of modern day romantic life in the age of the internet and cellphones. Juliette Binoche stars as a writer for Elle magazine researching (she thinks) an article on young college-age women who offer their services to men in order to obtain the money they need to live as something better than a starving student. Binoche's character starts out aloof and almost sneering, with the stereotypical attitude the general public has towards these women, but as she gets to know them better she gets drawn to them and into their world, letting down her journalist's guard. What elevates Elles far above a mere fictionalized documentary movie is when Binoche's character realizes that she is already part of this world. Aside from one scene in which a character gets assaulted (which is most likely a fantasy, although it is not entirely clear), there are no real victims or perpetrators in Elles. It is just what consenting adults do to satisfy their needs and survive the stresses of modern day life.

The centerpiece of Elles by far is Juliette Binoche's character, and she gives a star performance. Her character is not terribly attractive, and her face often shows the stresses of the life she leads as a busy working mom, but that is as it should be. She is most appealing when she lets her hair down by getting tipsy with one of her interview subjects, and that scene is a pure joy. The two college students, played by Anais Demoustier and Joanna Kulig, are near opposites in personality, body type and hair color, but each actress gives an intimately revealing portrayal. The men and boys in Elles have much more minor roles, but are well played. The casting and acting are spot-on, and speak to the care with which Elles was obviously made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Study of Loneliness and Isolation
Some of the sequences in Malgorzata Szumowska's film are quite difficult to view - especially the scene where one of the student prostitutes (Anaïs Demoustier) willingly allows... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero imagination.
Zero imagination. Sure I had read other opinions and lots of words without real meaning praise this mainstream propaganda. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Alexferdman
4.0 out of 5 stars A good look at a cast system and practices within it.
Somehow french films usually do not have a happy ending no matter what. They are more inclined to be about a reality in their society and life in general. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Loretta
2.0 out of 5 stars BOOORING
I wanted to like this movie but it didnt happen, such a boring movie I didnt like it at all
Published 6 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Expected
It seems like Ms. Binoche is receiving fewer roles that are of an interesting subject matter. But she still peaks my interest, because I keep hoping she is actually challenged by... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Big Sarge
1.0 out of 5 stars Gross Depravity
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. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Binoche is gone...
Banal story.Can anyone tell me what this film is about? Unfortunately, Binoche is gone...as an actress I mean... But she is still one of my favorites. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dmitri of San Francisco
2.0 out of 5 stars A forgetful evening
There is nothing really memorable about this movie, and the storyline is weak. Juliette Binoche's acting was the most positive part of the movie.
Published 11 months ago by Hilton Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sex "trade"
A different understanding of what may be part of the complex circumstances that result in a womans becoming involved in the sex trade.
Published 11 months ago by William W Simmons
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good film.
I didn't like the film. Julliette, as always, is extraordinary, but the way the story is conducted is very unclear. Too bad. The story is actually very interesting. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gina Enriquez
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