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Elles -- On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students.

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Writers:
Malgorzata Szumowska (written by)
Tine Byrckel (written by)
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Release Date:
1 February 2012 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
The world's oldest profession still has its secrets.
Plot:
On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Disappointing but some redeeming features See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Juliette Binoche ... Anne

Anaïs Demoustier ... Charlotte

Joanna Kulig ... Alicja

Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Patrick

Krystyna Janda ... La mère d'Anne

Andrzej Chyra ... Le client sadique
Ali Marhyar ... Saïd
Jean-Marie Binoche ... Le père d'Anne

François Civil ... Florent
Pablo Beugnet ... Stéphane
Valérie Dréville ... La mère de Charlotte

Jean-Louis Coulloc'h ... Le père de Charlotte
Arthur Moncla ... Thomas
Scali Delpeyrat ... Charles
Laurence Ragon ... Colette
Alain Libolt ... Le mari de Colette
Swann Arlaud ... Le jeune client
Nicolas Layani ... Le client guitare
Laurent Jumeaucourt ... Le client grain de beauté
José Fumanal ... Le client qui pleure
Martine Vandeville ... La secrétaire université
Jenny Bellay ... La voisine retraitée
Tom Hénin ... L'ami de Florent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anaïs Fabre ... (uncredited)

Mateusz Kosciukiewicz ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Malgorzata Szumowska  (as Malgoska Szumowska)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tine Byrckel  written by
Malgorzata Szumowska  written by (as Malgoska Szumowska)

Produced by
Daniel Blum .... co-producer
Bettina Brokemper .... co-producer
Reinhold Elschot .... co-producer
Peter Garde .... co-producer
Olivier Guerbois .... line producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... co-producer
Agnieszka Kurzydlo .... co-producer
Johannes Rexin .... line producer
Beata Ryczkowska .... co-producer
Marianne Slot .... producer
Malgorzata Szumowska .... co-producer (as Malgoska Szumowska)
 
Original Music by
Pawel Mykietyn 
 
Cinematography by
Michal Englert 
 
Film Editing by
Jacek Drosio 
Françoise Tourmen 
 
Casting by
Aurélie Guichard 
Boris Vassallo 
 
Production Design by
Pauline Bourdon Pillot  (as Pauline Bourdon)
 
Costume Design by
Katarzyna Lewinska 
 
Makeup Department
Cédric Gérard .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Benoît Baverel .... unit manager
Benoît Baverel .... unit production manager
Florence Cohen .... assistant production manager
Laura Einmahl .... unit manager
Rüdiger Jordan .... production manager
Claire Mainguenaud .... assistant production manager
Niko Remus .... post-production supervisor
Samuel Rodriguez-Mallet .... assistant unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolas Cambois .... first assistant director
Jean-Christophe Garcia .... trainee assistant director
Boris Vassallo .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Fabien Corée .... set dresser
Stephanie Laurent Delarue .... first assistant art director
Jonathan Israël .... ripper (as Jonathan Israel)
Martin Tronquart .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ivan Dumas .... boom operator
Matthias Lempert .... re-recording mixer
André Rigaut .... sound mixer
 
Casting Department
Mathilde Snodgrass .... casting assistant
Boris Vassallo .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olivia Lahougue .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Xavier Sirven .... assistant editor
Yvonne Tran .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Rüdiger Jordan .... location scout: Germany
Julien Schmitt .... Location Assistant
Manuel Tritschler .... location manager (as Manuel Trischler)
 
Other crew
Antje Krumm .... production press
Isabelle Savary .... financial director
 
Thanks
Christina Bentlage .... thanks
Petra Müller .... thanks
Arthur Simonini .... thanks
Jeremy Zall .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Sponsoring" - France (working title), Poland (imdb display title)
"Das bessere Leben" - Germany (imdb display title)
"Ellas" - Spain (imdb display title), Venezuela (imdb display title)
"Леки момичета" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Откровения" - Russia
"Elas" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Elle" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Elles" - Argentina (imdb display title)
"Elles" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Elles" - Greece (imdb display title)
"Kadinlar" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"One" - Serbia (imdb display title)
"Szex felsőfokon" - Hungary
"Under overflata" - Norway (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content (original rating) (rating surrendered)
Runtime:
99 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Actress Emma Watson's favorite film of 2011. [Indiewire, Nov.21, 2011]See more »
Soundtrack:
Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing but some redeeming features, 2 March 2013
Author: Felix-28 from Melbourne, Australia

I was expecting Juliette Binoche to be as fabulous as she normally is, but she was the disappointment among the three female leads.

To be fair, I think it was the fault of the part, rather than faults in her performance. I think the idea was that her character, the journalist, got so involved in what she was researching and writing that she forgot about her own life and family until the story was finished; but the result was that her character was just a mess.

What I liked about the film was what seemed to be a much more honest and realistic portrayal of the two prostitutes than we normally see. Both were very believable. Both students, one (Anaïs Demoustier as Charlotte) in control of what she was doing, and the other (Joanna Kulig as Alicja) drinking to much and seemingly headed for disaster. Both of them liked sex; Charlotte liked the sex she had with her customers apparently just as much as she liked the sex she had with her boyfriend. You don't see that in Hollywood movies. In Hollywood movies the prostitutes never kiss and they never have orgasms, and they all hate what they're doing. In this film, Charlotte didn't hate it at all, in fact she liked it a lot; whereas Joanna said that she liked it, and seemed to like the physical sensations, but also seemed to hate the idea of what she was doing. That seemed pretty realistic to me.

There were two things that struck me particularly. One was quite early on in the film, when Juliette Binoche asked Charlotte why she kept working. The answer was that the money was hard to give up.

The second was from Charlotte again, and again in answer to a question from Juliette. The question was, what was the worst thing about the work, and the answer was having to tell lies all the time.

Both of those things rang pretty true to me.

So what it comes down to is a more realistic portrayal of prostitution than we normally get, but a rather messy movie with a rather messy central character.

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