House of Pleasures

25subhouse-thumbstandard Director Bertrand Bonello makes life in an upscale Parisian bordello at the beginning of the 20th century the focus of this drama, which revolves around the working girls who ply their trade there, including one who's been disfigured by a client.
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Madeline (Alice Barnole), the tragic figure at the heart of Bertrand Bonello’s somber, hypnotic film “House of Pleasures," is a prostitute known as “the woman who laughs" at L’Apollonide, an elegant Parisian brothel at the end of the 19th century. Read the review
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It's about forcing us to think about people we never would otherwise and seeing their struggles and humanity.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
What gives the film its haunting pull, as well as its feminist undercurrent, is the filmmaker's palpable compassion for these women.
Jon Frosch, The Atlantic  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.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
It emphasizes setting over character and plot; and it casts a mood that's both eerie and entrancing.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader  full review
"Pleasures" becomes as enveloping - and sometimes as awkward - as one of the L'Apollonide ladies' heaving corsets.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times  full review
The heavy candlelit chiaroscuro paints the women as mobile Renoirs, Degases and Manets.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
It's a gorgeously filmed portrait of a bygone era, with painstaking attention to period detail.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
Among other things, a sharp corrective to such effervescent red-light classics as Max Ophuls's "Le Plaisir."
Richard Brody, New Yorker  full review
Glamorously louche.
J. Hoberman, Village Voice  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 122 min
  • Available From: Aug 23, 2012
  • Queued by: 717 people
Directed By
Bertrand Bonello
Hafsia Herzi, CĂ©line Sallette, Jasmine Trinca, Adele Haenel, Alice Barnole, Iliana Zabeth, Noemie Lvovsky, Xavier Beauvois, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Jacques Nolot, Laurent Lacotte

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