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Elles (Not Rated)

French and Polish with English subtitles

"Juliette Binoche, surely one of the most inquisitive and daring actors working in cinema today, plays Anne, a wife, mother and—most importantly—a journalist currently researching an article about student prostitution for the French edition of ELLE magazine. Anne finds herself drawn to two young women: a down-on-her-luck Polish student (Joanna Kulig) and a French girl (Anaïs Demoustier) who comes from one of Paris' many anonymous housing projects. Both women have entered the sex trade for different reasons, and as they open up to Anne, we are allowed glimpses of the reality of their work. Meanwhile, Anne is forced to confront the bourgeois reality of her own life, where her husband seems married to his cellphone and her son to his PlayStation. The sordid scenes of various sexual deviations and couplings play out against the humor and naturalness that both girls bring to their encounters with Anne, where they talk with complete frankness about their lives. A bold mix of Bunuel's Belle de Jour and Godard's Two or Three Things I Know About Her—the result being entirely new—Malgoska Szumowska's film dares to explore a precarious region where perhaps only Catherine Breillat has ventured before." —Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival