Pearl

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    Pearl

    Directed by

    France

    2018

    80 min

    • French
    • English

    Drama

    72 hours from the final of an international female bodybuilding championships. Lea Pearl is set to compete for the prestigious title of Miss Heaven. But her past catches up with her, when her ex-lover Ben shows up with the 6-year-old son she has not seen in 4 years.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Peter Mullan
    Julia Föry
    Arieh Worthalter
    Production
    UNITE DE PRODUCTION
    Sales
    MK2 FILMS

    Press

    A fresh eye to genre conventions [...] Julia Föry cuts a formidable figure as Lea Pearl and Peter Mullan’s performance is typically uncompromising.

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    An intensely tactile look into a little-known world […] Visually striking, like watching a Nicolas Winding Refn film but without the violence.

    Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

    Deeply affecting. The film challenges and interrogates traditional notions of femininity and beauty. PEARL subverts the male gaze in striking fashion. Elsa Amiel makes a striking first impression with her feature debut. Lean, muscular filmmaking that manages to be sensual and gruff in the span of a single scene.

    Michael Nordine, Indiewire

    The visually appealing and cinematic character of this paradoxical world makes Pearl a solid, important and original first film.

    Vittoria Scarpa, Cineuropa

    The visually appealing and cinematic character of this paradoxical world makes Pearl a solid, important and original first film.

    Vittoria Scarpa, Cineuropa

    Elsa Amiel

    Elsa Amiel

    France

    Elsa Amiel was born on February 14, 1979 in Paris, France. She's an actress and director. Her first short, FACCIA D'ANGELO was released in 2007. Her debut feature film, PEARL, played in the 2018 Venice FIlm Festival. She's served as an assistant director on many films, including works by Raoul Ruiz, Mathieu Amalric, Noémie Lvovsky