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25 November 2011 (USA) See more »
Life in an elegant Parisian brothel in the early twentieth century. The madam essentially owns the women: their expenses exceed earnings... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Bertrand Bonello 
Writing credits
Bertrand Bonello (scenario)

Produced by
Bertrand Bonello .... producer
Serge Hayat .... Equity Provider
Kristina Larsen .... producer
Original Music by
Bertrand Bonello 
Cinematography by
Josée Deshaies 
Film Editing by
Fabrice Rouaud 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
Production Design by
Alain Guffroy 
Costume Design by
Anaïs Romand 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Berland .... hair stylist
David Carvalho-Nunes .... hair stylist
Stéphane Chauvet .... special effects makeup (as Stephane Chauvet)
Michel Delarue .... makeup artist
Fabrice Herbet .... special effects makeup
Jean-Luc Hovens .... hair stylist
Rachel Levieux .... hair stylist
Madeleine Rolland .... makeup artist
Milou Sanner .... hair stylist
Nathalie Tabareau .... makeup artist (as Natali Tarabeau-Vieuille)
Rose-Edmonde Tacail .... hair stylist
Laure Talazac .... makeup supervisor
Patrice Thibault .... makeup artist
Jérôme Ventura .... makeup artist (as Jerome Ventura)
Ferouz Zaafour .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Aude Cathelin .... production manager
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Capucine Grelardon .... assistant unit manager
Sandra Marinier .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elsa Amiel .... first assistant director
Clément Comet .... second assistant director
Mathieu Laemlé .... location scout
Art Department
François Criqui .... ripper
Charlotte Filler .... assistant decorator
Virginie Le Romain .... assistant art director
Virginie Le Romain .... property buyer
Nicolas Romand .... swing gang
Christine Teulier .... property master
Catherine Werner Schmit .... set dresser (as Catherine Werner-Schmidt)
Sound Department
Renaud Bajeux .... sound trainee
Aude Baudasse .... sound edit assistant
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound recordist
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Vincent Gregorio .... sound assistant
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... re-recording mixer
Nicolas Moreau .... sound editor
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Benjamin Viau .... foley recordist
Visual Effects by
Béatrice Bauwens .... visual effects producer
Sophie Denize .... visual effects producer
Henri Deruer .... visual effects artist
Cédric Fayolle .... visual effects supervisor
Sabine Lineres .... digital compositor
Sergeï Lourié .... senior digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... steadicam operator
Carole Bethuel .... still photographer
François Gallou .... electrician
Stéphane Gallou .... grip
Catherine Georges .... first assistant camera
Gaston Grandin .... key grip
Marianne Lamour .... gaffer
Romain Marcel .... second assistant camera
Ahmed Zaoui .... grip
Casting Department
Joanna Grudzinska .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danielle Boutard .... chief costume maker (as Daniele Boutard)
Nadège Bulfay .... additional dresser (as Nadege Bulfay)
Lucie Durand .... additional dresser
Sarah Fischer .... additional dresser
Emilie Fourrier .... costumier
Anu Gould .... dresser
Marion Gouti .... additional dresser
Daphné Husson .... costumier (as Daphne Husson)
Chloe Jauffrineau .... dresser
Lina Jsem .... costumier
Que Hiang Jsem .... costumier
Anne-Cécile Le Quere .... costumier (as Anne Cecile De Quere)
Lorenzo Mancianti .... jewelry creator
Eiko Okamura .... costumier
Ava Ortlieb .... additional dresser
Pryscille Pulisciano .... dresser
Silver Sentimenti .... costumier
Tifenn Tautou .... costumier
Editorial Department
David Magalhaes .... telecine dailies colorist
Guillaume Saignol .... assistant editor
Elif Uluengin .... assistant editor
Other crew
Marguerite Blank .... production administrator
Barbara Canale .... script supervisor
Thierry Desjours .... financial manager
Charles-Edouard Renault .... legal counsel
Marie Sonne-Jensen .... assistant to producer
Fabrice Touze .... production administrator
Christophe Jeauffroy .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)" - France (original title)
"House of Pleasures" - USA (DVD title)
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122 min
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The casting says "Clotilde" but her name is misspelled (as "Clothilde", rather a common error in France) in the movie when we see the lines of name/debt written by the matron.See more »
Factual errors: A character says he's been to the inauguration ceremony of the Paris Metro. After that there is a scene where we hear fireworks for Bastille Day (14 July). The opening of the Paris Metro (Line 1) was on 19 July 1900, five days after Bastille Day.See more »
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The Right To Love YouSee more »


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empty sadness, 16 May 2016
Author: SnoopyStyle

It's 1899 Paris. Marie-France Dallaire is the madame of the brothel L'Apollonide. As the months roll by, she is faced with debilitating rent increase from the landlord. Clotilde has been there for 12 years since she was 16. Julie is nicknamed Caca for her specialty. She dreams of going with her married customer Maurice. Léa mails away gifts of her pubic hair. Pauline Deshaies is a 15 year old who writes a letter applying for a job. The movie open with the Jewess Madeleine who has a prophetic dream. She is cut horribly by a customer. These and the other girls deal with the many issues as the brothel threatens to close.

I'm not sure if it's a deliberate idea from filmmaker Bertrand Bonello. There is a matter-of-factness to these women. I like to have more history to these interesting characters. It would be great to follow fewer of them and dig deeper into their lives. The Joker face is compelling visually. The tone is one of empty sadness. There isn't really any tension. The rent issue isn't that dramatic. I do have a big problem with the split screen scenes. There remind me of surveillance video and that takes me out of the movie.

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