Working Girls

Original title:

Filles de joie

Country:

Belgium, France

Duration:

91 min

Year:

2020.

Director:

Frédéric Fonteyne, Anne Paulicevich

Screenwriter

Anne Paulicevich

DOP:

Juliette Van Dormael

Editor:

Chantal Hymans

Cast:

Sara Forestier, Noémie Lvovsky, Annabelle Lengronne, Nicolas Cazalé, Sergi Lopez, Jonas Bloquet

Producer:

Jacques-Henri Bronckart, koprod. Yaël Fogiel, Laetitia Gonzales, Nathalie Vallet, Antonino Lombardo

Production company:

Versus Production, coprod. Les Films du Poisson, Prime Time

Festivals and awards:

Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam

Axelle, Dominique and Conso share a secret. These French ladies lead a double life. Every morning, they meet in the parking lot in front of their building and leave for Belgium, crossing the border. There, in a brothel, they become Athena, Circe and Hera. These mothers, wives and regular women in search of purpose are actually sex workers – heroes of the never-ending battle for their families, survival and dignity. Their intimate, relaxed moments are shown from their own perspectives, as they ridicule their clients in between working and solving their own problems. When one of them faces a danger, the three friends will join forces to deal with the threat.

Anne Paulevich received her education at INSAS. She has collaborated with Frédéric Fonteyne on several projects, including Tango Libre (2012), for which she wrote the screenplay. She had a role in the hit film J.C.V.D. Working Girls is her directorial debut. Frédéric Fonteyne (1968) studied directing at IAD (Institute of Media Arts). He is an award-winning director of several acclaimed features, including Max & Bobo (1998), An Affair of Love (1999), La femme de Gilles (2004), and Tango Libre (2012).

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