Elles – review

Juliette Binoche gives a committed performance as a journalist investigating teenage prostitution, but the salacious treatment of the subject matter teeters on the edge of voyeurism

Juliette Binoche gives it her considerable all in this otherwise dubious film, which purports to investigate the moral and emotional price of teenage prostitution. Binoche plays a women's magazine journalist working on an article about said subject, which essentially involves long, elaborate conversations with two such student-age sex workers, played by Anaïs Demoustier and Joanna Kulig. Both are estimable young actors – Demoustier played the lead in the excellent French indie Living on Love Alone while Kulig appears alongside Ethan Hawke in the upcoming The Woman in the Fifth – but they are poorly served by Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska, who has concocted a fable that comes across more like a cable-tv softcore fantasy than a rigorous study of its subject.

Binoche, though, rises above the
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