A young woman strives for success and agency in LA’s lucrative and ruthless porn industry in Swedish director Ninja Thyberg’s bold and meticulously observed debut. Cannes 2020.
Nineteen-year-old Bella Cherry arrives in LA with one goal – to be the next big name in adult film. What she finds is a world of simmering rivalry and loose regulations. Ninja Thyberg demythologises porn through an honest, scrupulous gaze – moments of abuse and exploitation sit alongside gems of genuine friendship and professionalism. This sense of authenticity is heightened by a cast featuring real-life adult film stars and agents. Confident, explicit and propulsive, Pleasure
gives voice to an ambitious and unapologetic heroine, and reveals the realities of a cutthroat, male-dominated industry.Ninja Thyberg
is a Swedish writer-director, who has helmed several short films. Her short set in the porn industry, also titled Pleasure
, won the Canal + Award at Cannes 2013.