Men take note – you are all sexist pigs addicted to pornography simply seeing women as whores. Or at least that’s according to Malgorzata Szumowska’s new film Elles.
Juliette Binoche is Anne, a journalist who is writing a piece about student prostitutes for the French magazine “Elle”. The film takes place over one day as Binoche puts together the article, with her interviews with the two students Charlotte (Anais Demoustier) and Alicja (Joanna Kulig) recounted by a series of flashbacks. Charlotte comes from a working class background and is striving to cast off the stench of her humble beginnings. Alicja is a Polish student studying in France and has turned to prostitution as a result of not being able to find anywhere to live.