Elles is a tale of a journalist, Juliet Binoche, writing a story about two young student prostitutes living in Paris.
The theme is strong, and we are taken from scene to scene, watching these girls and their exploits with the men that pay them. They are not disadvantaged girls, our sympathy does not reach out to them that way. But we do wonder.
This movie is heavy on the sex, and it sort of distorts the issues because of it. We fail to get a real handle on the humanity of these young women, while we get to grasp Juliet Binoche’s angst as the frustrated wife and mother. Writing an article about sex didn’t help there.
There was a lot of potential here, but it felt like you were supposed to just get it and be done.
Not a dirty movie, but not so sweet either.