The world's oldest profession still has its secrets
A provocative and raw exploration of female sexuality, director Malgoska Szumowska's Elles paints an unromantic picture of upper-crust domesticity refracted through the vibrant eroticism of prostitution.
Vacillating between opposing worlds defined alternatively by sexual freedom and constraint, Elles stars the fearless Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anais Demoustier) for a magazine article. What begins as a routine assignment shaped by preconceived notions quickly turns personal, as Anne is drawn into the lives of these fiercely independent young women and f-rced to confront her own sexual fears and desires.
A bold examination of poverty and privilege, age, and youth, Elles draws into question the loneliness, sterility, and isolation that plague martial life and stifle sensuality.