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Eden Palace, international women's bodybuilding competition, 48 hours before the final. Lea Pearl is about to compete for the first time for the prestigious title of Miss Heaven. Her mentor Al jealously watches over her. But a few hours before the final, Lea sees the shadows of the past reappearing. Ben, her ex-husband, arrives at Eden Palace with their son Joseph, whom she hasn't seen in four years. “Deeply affecting. The film challenges and interrogates traditional notions of femininity and beauty. PEARL subverts the male gaze in striking fashion. Elsa Amiel makes a striking first impression with her feature debut. Lean, muscular filmmaking that manages to be sensual and gruff in the span of a single scene.” (Indiewire)