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72 Ratings

Working Girls

Directed by Lizzie Borden
United States, 1986


It is a subtly feminist film, focusing on strong women characters, and depicting prostitution as neither glamorous nor repellent, but rather an ordinary, if exhausting, job.

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Working Girls Directed by Lizzie Borden

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1986 | Directors' Fortnight

Sundance Film Festival

1987 | Winner: Special Jury Prize (Dramatic Competition)

Independent Spirit Awards

1988 | Nominee: Best Female Lead

Critics reviews

This isn’t tragic, or filled with drama, but comedy—making the genre indicators of films about sex work transgressive by satirizing what we’ve come to expect after years of a certain kind of representation on this kind of work.
July 17, 2018
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[Working Girls] sets the gold standard for how to write women who engage in this profession. It shows audiences the type of doldrums these women find themselves in, and the completely normal activities they engage in during their downtime.
March 11, 2015
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