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House of Pleasures (2011)



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In this lush, atmospheric look at the final days of an elegant, turn-of-the-century brothel, we go inside the cloistered walls of L'Apollonide to meet the Madam (Noemie Lvovsky), her elite clientele, and some dozen "girls" - veterans and newcomers, romantics and cynics, schemers and innocents. Upending the period drama with split screens, time shifts and a modern soundtrack, this is a provocative and beautiful film about the world's oldest profession - and an exploration of how the past is remembered. -- (C) Sundance Selects

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Alice Barnole
as Madeleine
Noémie Lvovsky
as Marie-France
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Critic Reviews for House of Pleasures

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (16)

Nothing in this film comes as a surprise, but Bonello's intent to show the place backstage as well as onstage is fulfilled and pertinent, even though the period setting gives the picture a curio air.

June 19, 2013 | Full Review…

It's about forcing us to think about people we never would otherwise and seeing their struggles and humanity.

March 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What gives the film its haunting pull, as well as its feminist undercurrent, is the filmmaker's palpable compassion for these women.

March 7, 2012 | Full Review…

No one, male or female, has any fun, but the men behave as if they do. They are all half-stupefied by the languor in which they drown.

February 9, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

It emphasizes setting over character and plot; and it casts a mood that's both eerie and entrancing.

February 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We watch with various degrees of either fascination or boredom as the girls go about their work wondering how long it or they will last.

January 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for House of Pleasures


A sad film about a group of prostitutes in a Parisian brothel at the end of the 19th century, with a very fluid narrative and a beautiful production design (and cinematography) that explores quite efficiently the gloomy romantic view of being a woman submissive to men and their pleasure.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Disturbing in parts but nonetheless, this look into a turn of the century brothel has compelling gals who perform the same tasks but are from so many diverse and interesting backgrounds.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Dreamy drama following the travails of a group of prostitutes in a belle epoque bordello. It's slow, extremely sad (the main character is permanently disfigured by one of her clients) and features some unsuccessful stylistic gambles (a montage set to "Nights in White Satin"), but it's also a beautiful-looking, elegant and moving film with believably scarred characters.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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