In the streaming rain, three women are burying a body. They must be Axelle, Conso and Dominic, three prostitutes who work in a brothel just over the Belgian border. But who are they burying in this opening scene of Filles de joie? It could be pretty much any of the male characters in the film – the nasty boyfriend, the manipulative ex, the teenage boy who makes lewd remarks about them every day or that geriatric client, accidentally finished off by a heart attack.

In Filles de joie ('working girls'), directors Frédéric Fonteyne and Anne Paulicevich switch cleverly back and forth between the perspectives of the different girls, giving insights into their lives as they make jokes about their clients while also suffering from prejudice and sexism. Thanks to vivacious acting from Sara Forestier, Annabelle Lengronne and Noémie Lvovsky, this is principally a story of female solidarity.

International title
Working Girls
Filmmaker
Frédéric Fonteyne, Anne Paulicevich
Country
Belgium, France
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
French
Producer
Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Yaël Fogiel, Laetitia Gonzalez, Antonio Lombardo
Production Company
Versus Production, Les Films du Poisson, Prime Time
Sales
Be For Films
Writer
Anne Paulicevich
Cinematography
Juliette Van Dormael
Editor
Chantal Hymans
Production Design
Eve Martin
Sound Design
Xavier Griette, Marc Bastien, Thomas Gauder
Music
Vincent Cahay
Cast
Sara Forestier, Noémie Lvovsky, Annabelle Lengronne