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I was looking forward to seeing this movie because I really like Emily Browning. The movie started out pretty interesting but then turned bizarre. A young college student obviously in need of money has two jobs and seems to do a bit of prostituting herself at night at restaurants/bars on the side. She takes a job as a "freelance" private entertainer. Her first night after entertaining a party with other girls, she comes home and lights an Australian 100 dollar bill on fire? I did not get it in a practical sense considering she needed the money. What made it confusing to me is that her first night didn't seem to go so bad. There was no sex involved. She wore lingerie that covered up more of her than the other girl's outfits and all she did was pour drinks for the most part.
Another odd scene, at her office job, she was laying down( not sleeping) on the floor in the middle of the copy room and her boss walked in on her. No explanation, nothing and her boss said nothing to her.
She started to go to the home of her boss of the freelance job where she was given a drink to knock her out. She would sleep naked in bed while men came in to do bizarre things to her with one rule: no penetration. Then a second rule: no leaving marks( after an incident).
She was curious as to what went on and so decided to privately record one evening. I won't give it away but the movie ended showing what happened.
It wasn't a bad film, I thought it was definitely artsy but it left me a bit baffled at times.
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Initial post: Jan 18, 2012 11:20:19 AM PST
It was a study in apathy. She didn't care about anything, and that's why she burned the money and laid down at work. She didn't even care about her own body, which is why she let it be experimented on and used by men. The old guy's speech was important: he basically says it's never too late to change your life... until it is too late (i.e., you're dead). When she finds him dead at the end and starts screaming, she has finally felt something and perhaps now she will make a change before it's also too late for her.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2012 8:50:59 PM PST
Shelley D. Brook says:
Awww, makes sense. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2012 6:47:34 PM PST
Yes, thanks... now I will def watch and not worry about being confused at the end. Of course after reading all the comment's written, I feel as if I have already have seen it!
In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 3:27:10 PM PDT
Donald H Miller says:
Good comment Mr. Jenkins. I found myself, at the ending, hoping that she might get a clue and turn her life around. Something needed to shake her up. As in real life people wade through the events of their lives and wonder why things have turned out so badly. The reviewers who complain that there was no meaning to the story and wanted "some kind of resolution in the end, might think about the many, many lives that play out exactly like this. We like stories to be transparent and "meaningful", whatever that means. The girl used her beauty to get what she wanted as the rich people used their wealth to get what they wanted. They all are empty, confused and dissatisfied with life. They treat other people as commodities and are saddened that they can't connect. The story is all too real and all too common, and many of us want to deny that. It is too uncomfortable.
Hit rock bottom and you might change. Or you might give up and die because its too difficult to change.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 2:02:56 PM PDT
Lee R. says:
@ Mr. Jenkins. I wasn't sure if Lucy/Sarah were dead or sleeping at the end. Had Clara given her something to fall back asleep, or found the camera and executed a severe penalty for breaking the rules? (Also, I never got what the medical research was about.)
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 6:05:46 PM PDT
Mr. P says:
Maybe apathy is something we just don't care about.:)
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 9:16:53 AM PST
This is a funny comment but I think you may be right. Most viewers want likeable characters they can root for and this film doesn't give you that. The filmmakers take an almost clinical approach to telling this story and not everybody is going to enjoy that.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 9:19:35 AM PST
This is a late reply, but she wasn't dead at the end. You see her wake up. The last shot is the footage from the camera from before she woke up.
The medical research was just another way of showing that she didn't care how people used her body.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 12:56:40 PM PST
Lee R. says:
@ Mr. Jenkins - Thanks for the reply. I shall have to re-watch the end more carefully to see if I notice her waking up.
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