Girl Model ★★★½

Ashley, an ex-model who has stayed in the industry for the past 15 years, now works as a scout in Russia, where she finds young girls to send to Japan for work. She actually hates the industry, and hated working as a model, too—but she doesn't know what else to do with her life. She tells these new, young faces how great their modeling career will be, because scouting for the agency is her job. In reality she knows how terrible it is. One of the new, young faces is Nadya, a 13-year-old country girl from a small Russian farm.

The film centers around Nadya's adventure to Japan and the realization that the industry is not all it's cracked up to be. Her contract promises her jobs and a salary... but those don't seem to be coming. She's alone in Tokyo, unable to even communicate with those around her. It's a very bleak ride, made worse when you remember that she's so young.

The end of the film is slightly haunting, as it ends exactly as it began. Ashley is scouting and finds a new girl, a new Nadya, and the process begins again.