After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout four seasons, Isabelle remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters or the money, but rather led by an overwhelming desire for self-discovery.
A classic coming-of-age narrative slowly shifts to becoming a provocative drama about sex work in François Ozon’s portrait of a year-in-the-life of Isabelle. With a breakthrough performance by Marine Vacth, the film presents an ambiguous—perhaps satirical—take on the machinations of high society.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Jia Zhangke, 1997, China
Jean-Pierre Dardenne,Luc Dardenne, 1996, Belgium
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France