After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child.
Alice (Emilie Piponnier) is the perfect wife and mother, living happily with her husband Francois and their son in an apartment in Paris. When her credit cards are declined one day while shopping, Alice discovers that Francois has been living a secret life, spending all of their money at a high-end escort service and leaving them completely bankrupt. Even worse is that Francois has suddenly abandoned them, leaving Alice and their son to fend for themselves. When she learns that the bank will foreclose on their home in just a few weeks, she becomes desperate and visits the same escort service that Francois was addicted to in the hopes of finding a way to quickly make some cash and save the apartment. At first reluctant in her new profession, Alice soon begins to thrive with the help of another escort who befriends her, giving Alice both financial independence and a sense of empowerment that she has never felt before. But when Francois shows up again at their doorstep, Alice is forced to reconcile between the life she had shared with him and the new one she has built for herself.
Language: In French with English subtitles
WINNER – Grand Jury Award
WINNER – Cherry Picks Female First Award
“Mesmerizing. It’s rare for cinema to dig this deep into the female psyche.”
“Magnetic Piponnier makes for a drama with real breakout potential.”
“Makes the case for Pipponnier to be a movie star. She dominates every frame with a mesmerizing screen presence.”
“The combination of the magnetic presence of Emilie Piponnier in the title role, and a svelte, unadorned screenplay makes for a watchable drama with real arthouse breakout potential.”
– Screen International
“A brave, morally complicated tale that rests on
Piponnier’s organic performance and Mackerras’ brave
writing and direction.”
– Film Inquiry
“One of the best films of SXSW 2019.”
“Mackerras displays a marvelous ability to depict humanity at its most raw with poignance and compassion, creating a story that’s as moving as it is empowering.”
– Glide Magazine
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