In 1917, in the red light district Storyville, New Orleans, the prostitute Hattie lives with her twelve year-old daughter Violet in the fancy brothel of Madame Nell, where she works. Photographer Ernest J. Bellocq has an attraction to Hallie and Violet and he is an habitué of the whorehouse. One day, Madame Nell auctions Violet's virginity and the winner pays the fortune of US$ 400 to spend the night with the girl. Then Hattie marries a wealthy client and moves to Saint Louis, leaving Violet in the brothel alone. Violet decides to marry Bellocq and she moves to his house. Until the day that Hattie, who has overcome her past, comes to Bellocq's house with the intention to take Violet with her. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1917. The red-light district of New Orleans. The story of the women. The photographer. And the prostitute's daughter.
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In one scene, Violet holds a plastic doll as opposed to a composite one. Plastic dolls weren't available until the late 1940s. See more
[said to Bellocq twice
I love you once. I love you twice. I love you more than beans and rice!
The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON." See more
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The Ragtime Dance
Music by Scott Joplin
Played at dinner when the storm hits See more