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ELLES (2011)

ELLES <span>(2011)</span> artwork

ELLES (2011)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 97

Release dates 20/04/2012

BBFCInsight Contains strong nudity, sex, sexual fetish and a scene of sexual violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Malgoska Szumowska,Malgorzata Szumowska

Cast includes Juliette Binoche, Anais Demoustier, Joanna Kulig, Louis-Do De Lancquesaing

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 10/04/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ELLES is a French language drama set in Paris. Anne, an investigative journalist, has been commissioned to write an article about students who turn to prostitution in order to finance their university studies. The film, which includes flashbacks to the experiences of the two young prostitutes, was classified '18' for strong nudity, sex, sexual fetish and a scene of sexual violence.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail'. The film contains a number of strong sex scenes in the context of prostitution. In one scene, a male customer is seen to urinate over the breasts of a keeling prostitute. Although the scene appears to be simulated and the woman consents to the activity, this brief depiction of a strong fetish activity is more appropriately classified at '18'. The film also includes a scene of sexual violence in which it is implied that a young prostitute is being anally penetrated with a wine bottle by an aggressive client. There is no explicit detail of the penetration and the scene lacks any elements that might eroticise or endorse such abuse. However, it exceeds the terms of the '15' Guidelines, which state 'any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification'.

The film also includes two uses of strong language.

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Details

Title
ELLES
Year
2011
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
20/08/2012
Main language
French
Other languages
Arabic
BBFC reference
AZF287747

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