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Writer/director Ninja Thyberg’s provocative debut feature Pleasure is a journey into the adult film industry told through the lens of 20-year-old Bella Cherry (Sofia Kappel), who leaves her small town in Sweden and heads for Los Angeles with the goal of becoming the world’s next big porn star.
“NYT Critic’s Pick! A surprisingly complex take on the porn industry. If you’re curious what a feminist take on this world looks like, Pleasure might surprise you as much as it did me.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Strong, self-confident and determined, Bella pursues her dreams of fame at any cost, but the road to success turns out to be more complicated than she imagined. At times raw, explicit and shocking, Pleasure explores a male-dominated industry from an uncompromising female point of view. Anchored by a stunning first-time performance by Kappel (supported by an ensemble of adult film industry stars), Pleasure, a hit at major film festivals including Sundance, Toronto and Cannes, is a powerful and authentic film that challenges our ideas of consent, ambition and independence. (Dir. by Ninja Thyberg, 2022, Sweden/Netherlands/France, in English/Swedish with English subtitles, 105 mins., Not Rated / Contains Explicit Sexual Content)
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