Une fille facile (OmeU)

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Une fille facile (OmeU)

Ein leichtes Mädchen

Rebecca Zlotowski
F, 2019
Features, 90min, OmeU

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Une fille facile (OmeU)

Rebecca Zlotowski
F, 2019
Features, 90min, OmeU

Mon
04
Nov
23:00
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
Cast: 
Mina Farid
Naïma
Zahia Dehar
Sofia
Benoît Magimel
Philippe
Nuno Lopes
Andres
Clotilde Courau
Calypso
Loubna Abidar
Dounia
Screenplay: 
Rebecca Zlotowski
Teddy Lussi-Modeste
Sound: 
Nicolas Cantin
Pascal Villard
Caroline Reynaud
Marc Doisne
Camera: 
Georges Lechaptois
Editor: 
Géraldine Mangenot
Decoration: 
Rozenn Le Gloahec
Costume: 
Isabelle Kerbec

Production: 
Les Films Velvet
France 3 Cinéma
World Sales: 
Wild Bunch
Distribution in Austria: 
Thimfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color

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)

Rebecca Zlotowski: BELLE ÉPINE (2010), GRAND CENTRAL (2013), PLANÉTARIUM) (2016), MIU MIU: L’EAU ROSÉE (2018, K).