"Nelly" Arcan shocked the literary world with elegant phrasing and lurid details of sex work in her semi-autobiographical first novel, "Putain" (Whore), which became an international best-seller in 2001. A prostitute by choice, Nelly's fragmented life is laid bare in a stylish mix of make-believe and memoir, revealing a woman lost between irreconcilable identities: the neurotic writer, the vulnerable lover, the call girl, and the star. Despite literary success, the French Canadian's remarkable life ended in tragedy. (Gary Reber)
Special features include upfront previews and the trailer.
The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The color palette is beautifully rich and warm, with lush hues. Fleshtones are perfect. Contrast is good with revealing shadow delineation and natural blacks. Image resolution is satisfying but generally soft, though, some close-ups are stunning. Still, this is such a wonderfully natural and stylish picture with gorgeous colors. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused throughout with excellent spatial integration, even with the sonic image of Isabelle's narration. The only element that really provides surround envelopment is the music, which generally plays as a background element and then widely spaced during the run time. Brief deep bass is heard in one segment. While the soundtrack is totally geared toward the dialogue telling, everything works, for a very effective presentation. (Gary Reber)