Matthew Lickona 3 p.m., July 25
The Parisian johns served by two young, clever prostitutes never quite see them as people. But the women are so intensely observed by magazine writer Anne (Juliette Binoche) that their risky lives lift her from middle-aged blahs as a mom and wife. They eroticize her imagination, not just her feminism. Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska picks up all the fine details of Binoche’s great performance, and the characters (apart from a flip sadist) are humanly exposed. Sex scenes verge on soft porn but not grossly, and the film’s smart curiosity gives it a power beyond some fairly pat situations. 2012.
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