048: Elles (2011)

One of Berlinale’s most hyped French offerings this year came from Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska. Strained mother and investigative journalist Anne explores the seedy underworld of the Parisian prostitution, interviewing the women involved, all the while whilst ignoring the difficult truths waiting for her at home.

Elles ability to expose a difficult theme such as prostitution without being showy or querulous is refreshing. As is often the case, Binoche is sensational; carrying the film with her infallible charm and warming screen presence.

Although Szumowska highlights this immoral industry in great detail, the wryly comedic tone treats it all a bit salaciously, turning a blind eye to the inevitable horror stories we all too often hear about. All this doesn’t necessarily equate to a bad film, but ultimately makes you feel uncomfortable for watching it.

THE GOOD: Have a guess?

THE BAD: Thou shalt see no remorse.

★★★☆☆☆

IMDb it.

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