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.
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.
Szumowska came into her own with this picture and gave us a strong spirted work that provided a work in which a bourgeois woman working as a journalist for vogue suddenly calls her self image and view of prostitution both into question while looking into students who prostitue themselves to pay for school. Script doesn't go deep enough but Binoche adds a deeper level with her magnificient performance.
Juliette Binoche is a well off journalist researching the prostitution of students. She interviews two prostitute girls but slowly gets moved and haunted by their stories. Men in this film are not depicted in a very good light, either weak, violent or with strange fantasies... Some scenes are overtly explicit and depict the kind of services and treatments the girls receive... An epic dinner scene towards the end...
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.