Viewer beware: cliche' ridden. Almost unbearable. The only highlight is the dancing scene - The Kinife's Heartbeats is always a good soundtrack. Weak anthropological visual essay about the ennui of the French upper class. Ah, fatigue... Fatigue universelle. Try Sexual Chronicles of a French Family (2012) instead. Equelly vacuous, but at least features strong, sexually empowered women rather than victims.
You won't get more out of this than is previously available in such films as Belle du Jour and Maitresse, but there are two scenes where characters sing along to music that stand out and almost feel like parts of other, more interesting movies. --PolarisDiB
The obvious problem viewers have with this film is its subject matter. The problems presented are real, the solution is as uncertain in life as it is in the film, and the film shows the opposite of pornography, because it shows the subject instead of the act.
As an aside, which one of us wouldn't want to get our children off at least one video game.
Una narración plana, mal estructurada, que a ratos sube de nivel para volver a caer. Si bien la intención de la historia y el perfil de los personajes están bien definidos, estos no terminan por convencer y pueden llegar a parecer cuadrados, simples caricaturas. La música aquí es engañosa. Termina siendo una película con una visión poco profunda del tema. Pese a todo esto, la actuación de Binoche es magistral.
Despite a great performance from Juliette Binoche, this film just lacked a certain something to make it greater than what it was. I understood her romanticism of these young girls' lives and her discontentment with her upper-class monotony, and I'm pleased with how sex workers and their patrons were portrayed, but this just wasn't all that special. Just an epilogue would have maybe helped.
A film with a lot on its mind but that doesn't quite get it together. The first half was interesting enough but the second half starts unraveling and rather than having a cathartic finale, the movie prefers to tread the well-worn terrain of upper class fatigue, distracted relationships and the destructive power of lies with no real nuance. But I still think it's worth seeing.
Roger Ebert put it quite well; Elles is "disappointingly shallow." I'll add that I found ti cynical since there is no resolution and all the characters will continue living the sad lives they always have had. The good dramatic scenes of Juliet Binoche being inter-cut with graphic porno scenes as the young prostitutes service their clients is beyond awkward.
Elegantly and intelligently edited, directed and acted film where Binoche plays a grown-up woman with intense personal problems who interviews young women who prostitute themselves, all for a magazine article. Some of the classical music was very in-your-face but the scene where The Knife's "Pass It On" was played, I liked. All in all it paints a portrait on some complexities of life that I haven't seen before.