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  • Summary: 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 toDespite 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 13-year-old plucked from her rustic home in Russia and dropped into the center of bustling Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley’s initial discovery of Nadya, they rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound. As Nadya’s optimism about rescuing her family from financial hardship grows, her dreams contrast against Ashley’s more jaded outlook about the industry’s corrosive influence. (First Run Features) Expand
  • Director: Ashley Sabin and David Redmon
  • Genre(s): Thriller, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 78 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Christopher Schobert
    Sep 5, 2012
    91
    It deserves to be shown to teenagers, not necessarily as a warning, but at least as an eye-opener: This is how it works, kids. And it ain't pretty.
  2. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Sep 4, 2012
    88
    The documentary makes you wonder about every beautiful woman who's ever stared out from a publication, poster, or billboard, looking sophisticated and self-assured.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 5, 2012
    83
    Girl Model shows that even though some models make big bucks, the global economy remains the same as it ever was: Those with nothing are seduced by the prospect of something, such that they hesitate to complain, lest they end up with less than nothing.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Sep 4, 2012
    70
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 11, 2012
    63
    A powerful documentary that, with a wider scope and a bit more shaping, could have been even more powerful, perhaps unbearably so. What's there is strong enough.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 6, 2012
    60
    There are no supermodels or Cinderellas in this sadly compelling story, just predators and the impoverished dreamers who want to trust them.
  7. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Sep 4, 2012
    50
    It is hard to know whether to applaud directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin for exposing the underside of the fashion business – or demand they abandon their documentarian stance and rescue young Nadya on the spot.

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  1. Apr 19, 2013
    9
    The beauty of this documentary is that it exposes, in a very minimalist fashion, the seedy underbelly of the fashion industry. The mostThe beauty of this documentary is that it exposes, in a very minimalist fashion, the seedy underbelly of the fashion industry. The most interesting person is the former model cum fashion scout Ashley Arbaugh, who simultaneously derides the fashion industry for the manner in which it uses up young talent, while she scouts and profits off of this same dynamic. This documentary should be required viewing to show the deleterious effects of the modern obsession with appearance. Collapse

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