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Elles [Blu-ray] (2011)

Juliette Binoche , Anaïs Demoustier , Malgorzata Szumowska  |  NC-17 |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier, Joanna Kulig, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
  • Directors: Malgorzata Szumowska
  • Format: 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,086 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) Sensual, natural and entertaining! December 1, 2012
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.


"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.


"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
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be titled "Demise of a Marriage" March 1, 2013
"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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless... November 6, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gross Depravity February 5, 2014
By Kevin L
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Elles March 12, 2013
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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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 1 month ago by Big Sarge
2.0 out of 5 stars Binoche is gone...
Banal story.Can anyone tell me what this film is about? Unfortunately, Binoche is an actress I mean... But she is still one of my favorites. Read more
Published 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago by Gina Enriquez
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and racy
I love the actress. I played on my lunch hour at work. Too racy for me. Would not buy it for my french collection.
Published 11 months ago by Beverly E. Lanclos
3.0 out of 5 stars If U Haven't Been to Paris
A coming of age movie for french ladies of the night and day. Not really any unique twists of plot or academy award winning performances for the best organism. Read more
Published 11 months ago by TreadHead
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good
Julliete is always brilliant but this is a very interesting movie with superb acting that I'd recommend to anyone but the most extreme prude
Published 12 months ago by Allen T. Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious and Involving Plot with NC-17 moments
I enjoyed this movie and have watched 2-3 times in the past 3 months or so. Suggest you consult "bluRay. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dr. Steven R. Bennett
2.0 out of 5 stars Snore
Could not get past the first 20 minutes. Not only was it uninteresting, but i was also not expecting subtitles. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pen Name
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