Pretty Baby

1978, Movie, R, 109 mins

Pretty Baby
Beautifully shot and subtly rendered, but too slowly told for its ambiguities to really be effective. Violet (Brooke Shields) lives with her mother, Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a prostitute in 1917 New Orleans. Her touching innocence seems unaffected even when, at the age of twelve, her virginity is auctioned off for the princely sum of $400. After leaving the brothel to live for a while with photographer E.J. Bellocq (a real-life figure), Violet is eventually reunited with her mother, who has escaped the brothel for a more "respectable" life on the outside.

The strength of Malle's film lies in its simultaneous presentation of two viewpoints: that of Violet, whose ...

Released: 1978 Rated: R Length: 109 mins

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