Juliette Binoche stars as a busy mother and professional journalist whose research on Parisian coeds who moonlight as prostitutes forces her to reevaluate her own relationships with men (especially her distracted husband and two troublesome sons). Meanwhile each of the young women providing her with material (Joanna Kulig, Anais Demoustier) meets with a series of moderately attractive men in swank hotel rooms until she receives an unpleasant comeuppance (one in the form of a wine bottle). We’re clearly supposed to find the johns repellent, yet the explicit sex scenes are filmed like high-toned erotica, the better to emphasize the women’s enjoyment and control of the situation. Writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska breaks past the facile moralizing only once, when Binoche, visiting her elderly father, tenderly rubs his feet. In French with subtitles.
NC-17 • 1 hour 39 min