Pleasure ★★★★

Set in the world of porn, Ninja Thyberg’s daring film creates an unflinching portrait of sex work by way of a young woman getting sucked into and corrupted by a patriarchal industry. What a debut not just for the director Thyberg, but star Sofia Kappel, as well. Playing a character selling off pieces of her soul in exchange for success, Kappel navigates deeply discomforting material with shocking authenticity. This is a smartly observed, nuanced process movie that also feels scandalous to watch. Reminded me of The Wrestler?

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