House of Pleasures
House of Pleasures (2011)

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" -… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
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81%
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62%

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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Bonello is more interested in the women's relationships with each other than with their rich clients, though we do get to see them living out some of their patrons' kinky desires.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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

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Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

There's plenty of flesh on display but the stories are far from erotic.

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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic

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

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Seductive on the surface, steely underneath, this is an angry, fascinating, highly political film all wrapped up in costumed frilliness.

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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bertrand Bonello's visually alluring glimpse of what prostitute's do during down time. Captivating at times, but it does go on.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
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… More
John Ballantine
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… More
Greg S
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… More
Alec Barniskis
I like that the film isn't about prostitution in the conventional pop culture sense (meaning that its not a bunch of heart of gold hookers who live in a… More
Walter M.
When making a movie that argues against prostitution, it is best not to make it sound like every other dreary profession which was the central problem with… More