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The Working Girl

 (75)
1 h 42 min201715
This slick, provocative thriller set in a more shadowy London, will have you nail-biting until its shocking climax. Cool and collected call girl, Virgine (Hafsia Herzi) has mastered the art of trading sex with wealthy businessmen for money, without getting emotionally involved. But when she meets mysterious Rupert (Ash Stymest), she becomes entangled in a deep and dangerous affair. A must watch!
Directors
Sylvie Verheyde
Starring
Hafsia HerziAsh StymestKarole Rocher
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
Français
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Supporting actors
Paul HamyIra Max
Producers
Bruno BerthemyBertrand FaivreSoledad Gatti-Pascual
Studio
Signature Entertainment
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingviolence
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3.1 out of 5 stars

75 global ratings

  1. 31% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 14% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 26% of reviews have 1 stars
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andyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Slow start but worth sticking with
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My initial attraction to “The Working Girl” – French title “Sex Doll”, was primarily the fact that Hafsia Herzi is in the film and is the leading actress. Ever since I first saw her (in a supporting role) in “The Source/La Source des Femmes””, I have looked out for her other films, and she has always been great in her roles and here, once again is great in her role as Virginie.

The rest of the cast and all involved in the making of “The Working Girl” all contribute greatly in helping to make it as good as it is. I think that it is the first film that I have seen that is directed by Sylvie Verheyde, and given her work here on “The Working Girl” I would definitely look out for other films of hers. The supporting cast is excellent, especially Lindsay Karamoh as Electra, a close friend of Hafsia Herzi’s character (Lindsay Karamoh is also one of the girls in the excellent “Bande de Filles/Girlhood”), and Karole Rocher is also superb as the “Madamme”, but special praise, I would say should go to the leading male actor – Ash Stymest who is someone that I was unaware of before seeing him in this film (his only film according to IMDb) who is fantastic in his portrayal of someone who is very much at the centre of the mystery of the film.

“The Working Girl” is, as I say, a Mystery/Thriller, and is the kind of film where, if the “mystery” was revealed in the first two minutes you basically wouldn’t have a film – so “The Working Girl” “works” as a mystery by deliberately not telling the viewer what is going on and thus creating The Mystery (if that makes sense), but it does seem to take a long while for an explanation of that mystery to be revealed. Even then things are only partially explained as there is no back-story given so one doesn’t get to find out fully the reasons why certain characters do the things they are doing and I think that had there been more of an explanation that it would have improved the film.

“Working Girl/Sex Doll” is slow paced to the extent that after about the first quarter of the film I realised that nothing of any substance had actually been said or had happened or had been revealed, but the film does eventually get going and for all the negative things that I might mention in this review, I did find it to be a good film and an original film.

As the film progresses tension build and is helped along with some brilliant cinematography that really conveys the sense of the story, as does the music. This is a very well made film in terms of performances and production values. It is a very good, if not perhaps a great film with the time it takes to get going and the lack of any back story letting it down (for me).

Dialogue is mostly in French and is otherwise in English. There are English subtitles on the screen (at least with the DVD version) that are not optional, so if you speak French as well as English you are stuck with them whether you like it or not. The subtitles are in relatively small print compared with many subtitled films and the print is white, so that when the subtitles appear on top of a white or light coloured background, some viewers might find them difficult to read.

On the DVD you get:

“The Working Girl”
Scene Selection
Set Up: 5.1 Surround Sound, 2.0 Stereo

There’s no option regarding the subtitles are no extra features.
10 people found this helpful
J. McDonaldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
The Working Girl.
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A contrived and rather artificial portrayal of a high-end French escort girl living in London – of course under the control of a manipulative madame, as is the standard cut-n-paste notion of women who work in the sex industry; the French title for the film “Sex Doll” gives a more honest indication of how the movie is slanted from the outset.
An unlikely looking character - heavily tattooed Rupert – befriends Virginie, the lead in the film, apparently trying to rescue an under-age girl; some kind of romance begins and as the storyline progresses Rupert`s intervention becomes a rescue of both girls.
It isn't in the least realistic, it moves at a relatively slow pace and simply doesn`t convince; it's filmed in a pseudo-art-house style, but the thin plot and clichéd characterisation work against it.
A dull and rather pointless film.
The UK DVD release has no selectable subtitles, but there are on-screen subtitles for some of the French dialogue; there are no extras.
rondettoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
More Art House Than Erotic Thriller
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Occasionally it looks as though it is going to veer into the latter territory but it never really does so. Although there is a fair amount of sexual activity involved as the "Working Girl's" occupation is what you would probably expect,anyone looking for titillation should give this a miss.
It's a well-made,interesting film which I suspect needs a second viewing to be properly appreciated.
It's also a French film set in London,most of the characters are French ex-patriates and everybody seems to be bi-lingual so although you get subtitles for the majority of the dialogue which is in French you don't for the substantial minority in English. This is unfortunate as the main male character who IS English appears to come from as far down the estuary as you can get without drowning.
GollumReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Ok foreign language film...
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Its a foreign language film (French) with English subtitles on Prime. The story is very similar to other films in the same genre. There was a slightly sad feeling permeating the bulk of the film, which i think was down to the story and the characters. This and the underlying topic probably mean that it is not a film for general entertainment, but perhaps worth a watch if you like this genre and don't mind a foreign language film.
One person found this helpful
martinarnold59Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 September 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
I do not speak French and the clip gave impression of subtitles.........
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....but there were none throughout the film so I never really had a clue what was going on. Perhaps there is a way to watch this film with subtitles throughout but I think that this perhaps is only available;able when viewing through another means......Netflix etc.
One person found this helpful
AlexandraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 December 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film!
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Really enjoyed this film, it burns slowly throughout but that is the pace of this film, very melancholy, very brooding and some very stylish cinematography as well, specially during the car journeys, beautifully filmed! The acting is pretty good too, i like the mix of french and english, it adds a sense of realism in my opinion!
2 people found this helpful
Silly01Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ignore the lame cover and title
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Ignore the lame cover and title, this is a wonderful heartwarming French art house film highly recommended to everyone with a heart. Gentle, very realistic, uplifting, simply beautiful.
5 people found this helpful
MyRev-uReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A good watch
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I really liked it. It's a bit slow at times but I liked it, especially the male lead.
3 people found this helpful
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