Alice (Emilie Piponnier) just had her entire life turned upside-down. Her husband Francois has been bleeding them dry, secretly withdrawing cash on a biweekly basis and having stopped payments on their mortgage over a year ago. Alice now has nothing, her entire inheritance having gone into the Paris apartment she shared with her husband and their young son…an apartment the bank will foreclose on in just a few weeks. It's not like Francois will help, as he's nowhere to be found and isn't answering his phone. But when she discovers where all the money was going—a local high-end escort service—Alice decides to go into the profession that so enraptured her husband. "It's that good-girl thing you got going," another escort tells her. "You will need better shoes, though." Though she is at first reluctant, her natural charisma and bedside manner with her rich clients not only brings her the money she so desperately needs but also the personal empowerment that has heretofore eluded her. Alice is a clear-eyed look at survival sex work, never teetering into the melodrama and moralizing that seems to come packaged with so many narratives about the world's oldest profession. But it also doesn't skimp on the social stigmas of the trade, nor the cost of holding secrets from your loved ones.
In French with English Subtitles
Grand Jury Award - SXSW 2019
Cherry Picks Female First Award - SXSW 2019
Spirit of the Festival - Raindance 2019
“ Makes the case for Pipponnier to be a movie star. She dominates every frame with a mesmerizing screen presence. ” - Indiewire