Life in an elegant Parisian brothel in the early twentieth century. The madam essentially owns the women: their expenses exceed earnings, they are in debt. They face problems of pregnancy, ... See full summary »
Some daring choices regarding cinematography and camera placement. A claustrophobic, insular world. The story left the audience (given only a vague sense of expectation) unfulfilled. The lead character Bruno (Laurent Lucas) failed to elicit empathy on the part of this viewer; insufficient supporting characters to add dimension to Bruno.
But perhaps this is the point: the obsessed has time only to sleep and to obsess. He is by definition one-dimensional; such is the world of the auditory voyeur.
I wanted to ask the director at the post-screening Q&A at Facets Cinematheque in Chicago if he had been influenced by Coppola's "The Conversation" and Kieslowski's "Red". The question of length has to be addressed in a tighter re-edit.
Co-written by Emmanuele Bernheim, who also wrote the similarly toned "Swimming Pool" (2003).
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