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A provocative exploration of female sexuality, Elles stars the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article. What begins as a routine assignment, though, quickly turns personal, as Anne is drawn into the lives of these fiercely independent young women and forced to confront her own sexual fears and desires. -- (C) Kino Lorber

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This Paris-based film from Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska is a fairly unengaging journalism procedural shellacked with a veneer of elliptical, complicated symbolism."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Binoche is the disappointment. More than half the problem is that the script, co-written by the director, gives her little to do but fret and mope."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Elles is undeniably challenging, courageously delving into some immensely messy issues surrounding sexuality and the ways men and women barter in relationships."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"There is an element of voyeurism and titillation by design that seeps out in the realisation of the narrative"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Beneath its sophisticated Frenchness and Juliette Binoche-led cast, Elles is gratuitous garbage."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska breaks past the facile moralizing only once."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"One of her (Binoche's) lesser choices."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska deserves some sort of award for making such a potentially spell-binding topic so flat."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"It's not great, but it could lead to interesting discussion."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The three actresses put on a show (including graphic sex scenes), but it's a small show."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
""Elles" has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Both provocative and muddled, the film's a moody, passive-aggressive tract that's buoyed by superior performances and sunk by its own uncertainties."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"I can't tell what Elles has to say and I rather think the filmmakers don't either"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Sexy enough to arouse and honest enough to provide reasons to be turned off."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"The shock factor may put off some, especially men who might feel uncomfortable having their sex portrayed with such cruel strokes (including male film critics-this film has been panned by so many of them) ..."
‑ Beverly Berning, culturevulture.net
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