Une fille facile

Ein leichtes Mädchen
Rebecca Zlotowski
F 2019
90 min

The portrayal of women who sell their bodies for money has a long and fairly problematic history in French cinema. Inspired by an encounter with Zahia Dehar, a model and fashion designer who was involved in an underage prostitution scandal concerning France’s national football team, Rebecca Zlotowski challenges this history.
Dehar plays Sofia, the eponymous Maghrebi girl, who entertains the high society of Cannes on a yacht. Everything smells of the kind of relaxation only power and money wants to buy. The casual and decidedly calm mise-en-scène is misleading. Slowly the question arises as to who the camera is looking at and why. Who pays and who lives? Who is easy and what does being rich mean? Sofia’s cousin Naïma falls in love with this lifestyle and a coming-of-age narrative could easily follow. Instead, Zlotowski shifts the focus to the men on the boat. Through her patient eye, emancipation becomes a question of class distinction. It is not primarily the women one should be looking at and passing moral judgement on, it’s the rich men. Let’s call them easy boys, for they’re far easier to see through than Sofia playing with the cliché of who she’s supposed to be. (Patrick Holzapfel)

  • Benoît Magimel - Philippe
  • Mina Farid - Naïma
  • Zahia Dehar - Sofia
  • Nuno Lopes - Andres
  • Clotilde Courau - Calypso
  • Loubna Abidar - Dounia
  • Rebecca Zlotowski
  • Teddy Lussi-Modeste
  • Georges Lechaptois
  • Pascal Villard
  • Nicolas Cantin
  • Marc Doisne
  • Caroline Reynaud
  • Géraldine Mangenot
  • Rozenn Le Gloahec
  • Isabelle Kerbec
Les Films Velvet, France 3 Cinéma

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