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Léa (2011)

A long-awaited admittance to a prestigious Parisian Institute of Political Studies comes at a high cost, as a diligent college student reluctantly becomes a stripper to make ends meet.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Azoulay Anne Azoulay ... Léa Arnauld
Ginette Garcin ... La grand-mère
Eric Elmosnino ... Julien
Magali Muxart Magali Muxart ... Corinne
Nina Roberts Nina Roberts ... Christie
Nathalie Mann ... La directrice de la maison de retraite
Vinciane Millereau Vinciane Millereau ... La prof Sciences Po
Thibault de Montalembert Thibault de Montalembert ... Martin Itzinger
Jean-Claude Dauphin Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Pierre
Carole Franck Carole Franck ... Philippine, la patronne du strip-club
Géraldine Martineau Géraldine Martineau ... Alice
Ivan Cori Ivan Cori ... Alex
Nina Meurisse Nina Meurisse ... Sonia, la stagiaire orthophoniste
Patrick Bonnel Patrick Bonnel ... Le père de Léa
Nathalie Trafford ... La femme du père
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Léa is a student who grew up as an orphan. She lives with her grandmother who once brought her up and who now relentlessly demands Léa's full attention, even at night time. One night her grandmother, whose state of mind deteriorates increasingly faster, slips off and strolls around without heading for any particular destination. Léa panics in the course of finding the old women. Consequently she makes sure her grandmother is taken care of full-time in an appropriate institution where she can keep her own furniture and receives a therapy to slow down her mental descend. Léa, who works in a nightclub, can no longer cover her expenses by just cleaning tables. She starts working as one of the strippers and earns additional money with lap dance. She starts to spend her time between nightclub and university in a brasserie and takes the owner as her lover. Unfortunatey he has to tell the obviously permanently exhausted Léa that he can't cope with her erratic behaviour. When a young and vain ...

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Language:

French

Release Date:

6 July 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lea - Die strippende Studentin See more »

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EUR1,072,862 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Strip-teaseuse Le Havre 2: Don't forget, open the dress from the back or you'll get in a mess. Undo the Velcro in one quick "rip" and pull it open. It works every time. Don't worry. And most important is once you're naked, there's not much more to do, you just dance, OK?
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French stripper movie that really is for ADULTS
14 November 2015 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

I'm pretty sure there are just as many strippers in France as in America, but they don't make nearly as many movies about them (I think it might be the third biggest profession for women in Hollywood movies after female cop and female lawyer). At least some of this might be the less judgmental and more matter-of-fact way the French treat sex in general. Stripping is just another profession and no big deal (and it's part of the job of most French actresses anyway).

American stripper movies usually fall into two categories. There's the "feminist sturm-und-drang" movies where a sympathetic woman is forced to work as a stripper which inevitably--in itself--brings about a personal crisis, a lot of feminist soul-searching and drama until she eventually gives it up after becoming older and wiser. These films are often pretty light on the stripping so as not to be "exploitative". (Some are even made-for-TV movies). The second type are sexier but equally annoying. They're much more exploitative and exclusively aimed at males. They show some sexy young thing going through some kind of half-assed "personal liberation" as she learns to shed her clothes and her inhibitions and she eventually meets a great, respectful guy (which strip clubs are full of, of course)and lives happily ever after. Naturally, the emphasis here is on the STRIPPING and lap-dancing, and the actress involved (Elizabeth Berkely, for example) generally couldn't act her way out of a crisp paper sack.

This French movie is not great, but it's a pretty happy medium between these two. The protagonist's (Anne Azoulay) descent into stripper-dom is portrayed very matter-of-factly. She does it to provide for her senile grandmother and it's really just part of the mosaic of her life that--like with most strippers--is not necessarily going to lead to drugs and prostitution (although she does at one point find herself at a paid orgy). Mostly it just puts more stress on her as she also starts attending college and has a relationship with a man. The typical American response to this movie would be that it's boring and nothing really happens.True perhaps. But that's also realistic and refreshing in a way. There is nothing boring about Anne Azoulay's frequently nude body, but she is also a far better actress than most American actresses that play these kind of roles. She certainly has a more believable character.

The ending is very downbeat without a whole lot resolution, but that is realistic too. This is a very ADULT movie, not because the content is especially racy (aside from one LONG male-on-female oral sex scene), but because it is actually takes a mature and realistic look at a young woman who is going through some difficult times without offering any easy resolution.


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