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Girl Model

HD   PG Closed Captioning

David Redmon & Ashley Sabin

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About the Movie

Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. GIRL MODEL follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. GIRL MODEL is a lyrical exploration of a world defined by glass surfaces and camera lenses, reflecting back differing versions of reality to the young women caught in their scope.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: While Girl Model falls a bit short in the delivery of hard facts and incriminating evidence, it more than makes up for that with its knotty psychological profile of Arbaugh. – John Anderson, Variety, Sep 4, 2012

Fresh: The nonaggressive approach can be frustrating, but it nonetheless gets under the skin-deep promises of glamour and wealth that lure a seemingly endless stream of very young hopefuls. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Sep 13, 2012

Fresh: The radiant sadness of its two subjects-one a soulfully impassive stripling, one a symmetrical husk-forms the center of Girl Model, and that is enough. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Sep 4, 2012

Fresh: An alarming documentary about the trafficking of Russian child models to the Japanese fashion market ... – Ella Taylor, NPR, Sep 4, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Cautionary tale

I wish parents and aspiring models could see this documentary. Less of a chastisement about the Japanese or Siberian modelling industries, and more of a cautionary tale about selfishly dragging children into the business, this documentary will first make you shake your head in dsbelief at how anyone can view a 12 or 13-year-old child as a sexual, mature entrepeneur, then cause the bile to rise in your throat when you witness all the lies and exploitation of these children.

Modelling is best left to WOMEN aged 18 or older. At the very least, no model under 18 should travel or work without a parent present. Without such safeguards, exploitation is far too easy and likely.

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