2019, Josephine MacKerras, UK/Australia/France, 106 min.
With Emilie Pipponier, Martin Swabey
"Makes the case for Pipponnier to be a movie star. She dominates every frame with a mesmerizing screen presence."--Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Alice (Pipponier in a tour de force performance), a Parisian wife and mother, seemingly has it all - an upscale middle-class life with her devoted husband Francois (Swabey) and their adorable toddler son. The illusion is shattered when Francois mysteriously disappears and his financially ruinous addiction to high-end call girls is revealed. Left bankrupt, with a mountain of debt and foreclosure on her home looming, Alice desperately accepts a lucrative job offer - working for the same escort service that had supplied her husband's secret obsession. It's the flip side of BELLE DU JOUR with an audacious and sometimes comic feminist angle. Director Mackerras weaves an engaging tale of dawning empowerment and female friendship that neither glamorizes Alice's choice nor condemns it, but celebrates her determined path to independence. In French with English subtitles. (BS)
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