Elles (2012)

A provocative exploration of female sexuality, Elles stars the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article.… More

Rated: NC-17
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 27, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This Paris-based film from Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska is a fairly unengaging journalism procedural shellacked with a veneer of elliptical, complicated symbolism.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Binoche is the disappointment. More than half the problem is that the script, co-written by the director, gives her little to do but fret and mope.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

It's a story told often and usually, as in this case, not told particularly well.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska breaks past the facile moralizing only once.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

One of her (Binoche's) lesser choices.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

You could hardly think of a racier subject and a more meandering, listless movie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Elles" has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Both provocative and muddled, the film's a moody, passive-aggressive tract that's buoyed by superior performances and sunk by its own uncertainties.

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Richard Haridy

Elles is undeniably challenging, courageously delving into some immensely messy issues surrounding sexuality and the ways men and women barter in relationships.

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William Dunmyer
"Elles" is a French film made by a relatively young Polish-born filmmaker (Malgoska Szumowska) whom I've never heard of until now. I'm… More
The Movie Waffler
Elle columnist Binoche questions her bourgeois existence while researching an article on students who turn to prostitution. It seems that almost every French… More
Walter M.
In "Elles," Anne(Juliette Binoche) is a journalist who works out of her home that she shares with her husband and two sons. Her latest assignment is… More
Mark Abell
A journalist, Anne (Juliette Binoche) in the course of interviewing two young women, students at a Paris University, about their working as call girls for an… More