May 16, 2012

House of Pleasures (2011)

Directed by: Bertrand Bonello
Country: France

Plot: Claustrophobic, frank and unexploitative account of life in a smart parisian brothel between 1899 and 1900.
Quick comment: The ascension and decline of "L’apollonide" brothel gives us an ideia of how the prostitutes had to cope with all types of fetiches and sometimes mistreatments indulged by their clients. Each of these women have revealed to be dead inside, stucked in their vain hopes of having a decent life and struggling to put an end to their infinite debts and anguish.  We can feel their pain even without overdramatic or sentimental scenes showing up.
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