Girl Model

Synopsis: A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.
Production: First Run Features
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min



She maybe never had the body, though.

Oh, really? Wow.

There's some cute girls.

There's some nice ones.

One of these.


How old is she?

I'll try.

I'm looking for a specific type of girl

for the Japanese market.

Everybody has their own vision of beauty,

and it's hard, sometimes, to bypass

my own personal aesthetic preferences,

but for Japan, it is quite specific,

so the girls have to be a certain

height, not too tall, cute, young.

Young is very important.

It's not entirely up to me.

I make note of what I see today,

then I review it with our board in Tokyo.

We have Musako, a booker,

Masaya, the owner,

Kazumi, another booker,

so it's a group decision.

And often, it's not

what I believe is the best.

Sometimes the girl that

I think is so amazing for Japan

doesn't work at all, so that's

what's exciting about this business.

It's totally unpredictable,

so nobody knows.

Mmm. It's very good for Japan.

Mmm. Mmm.


No, no. Yeah, yeah, I'm going to video her.

OK, stay here, Nadya.

Can you come here, closer?

Closer. Can you open your hair?

Say hello, Nadya.

From Novosibirsk.


Just see how long it is, OK?

Perfect. Thank you. Spasiba.




I love to travel!

I love the trains, especially

the toilets. I miss them!

I miss this, you know?

"The concept of Noah was simple. "

Just like Noah saved all the animals,

I'm trying to save all these young girls.

That's what I'm doing.

I'm putting them on the plane,

sending them to the West,

giving them a chance

where they can find themselves,

develop as women,

grow as individuals,

and I hope that someday they'll

do some good to the other people.

So, in a way, for me,

this is a religious matter.

This is my bible.

Ashley will be my western partner.

We also have problems in the West,

and it's also a difficult,

uphill battle there,

but it's a different problem,

so together we'll be a great team.

The depth of the psychology

involved, you know.

We go very, very deep

with the girl, trying to understand

all her problems,

trying to understand the parents.

We, sort of, at the end, form a profile.

And we try to replace those fathers

and support them in any way we can.

You know, in certain cities

you must have trustworthy people,

so then they can find

the girls at much earlier stages

and pre-screen them until we get there.

This is strategically very important.

Before anybody else can

get there, we'll have the girls.

Yeah, those are pretty.

She's so cute.


Can you send me

her pictures just to follow?

Yeah, sure.

'They love skinny girls in Japan,'

and she has a fresh, young face.

She looks young,

almost like a prepubescent girl.

It's a great freedom not be employed... a nine-to-five job.

But I don't know.

The business of modelling is not something

I feel necessarily passionate about,

because it really has no weight.

It changes minute by minute,

and it's based on nothing.

If you start to look at all those girls,

and you really look at each one

and you bring them close to you,

and you look in their eyes

and look in their faces,

you can start to see their age

and their experience,

and the business is obsessed with youth,

and especially my business in Japan.

You can't be young enough,

and youth is beautiful,

because there's a luminosity,

there's something in the skin.

There's something innocent.

That's what my eye has been

trained to see from Japan.

So I look at beauty and I think

of young girls, beautiful.

We had a really good casting yesterday.

Really beautiful girls, quite productive.

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Ike Barinholtz

Isaac "Ike" Barinholtz (born February 18, 1977) is an American comedian, actor and screenwriter. He was a cast member on MADtv from 2002 to 2007, Eastbound & Down (2012), and had a regular role on The Mindy Project. In his film work, he is best known for his acting roles in Neighbors (2014) and its sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Sisters (2015), Suicide Squad (2016) and Blockers (2018), as well for as co-writing the screenplay for the 2016 comedy film Central Intelligence. more…

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