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House of Tolerance -- A highly cinematic and atmospheric look at the final days of a turn of the century brothel when much of the Parisian sex trade was confined to grand maisons, populated by elegant madams and vetted clientele and Xavier Beauvois.


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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
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
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 assistant director
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Moreau .... sound editor
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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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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5 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
The cinematic cure for insomnia, 23 April 2012
Author: TdSmth5 from US

If you absolutely have got to know what life might have been like for prostitutes in Paris during the early 1900s then you've got to see this. For everyone else, there's nothing here to see.

L'Apollonide is a classy palatial bordello. The prostitutes live and work there. They are under the soft yoke of the madam who sells them everything they need for a hefty price such that they are forever indebted to her and for some reason can't leave. We learn all the boring details of what their life is like- their hygiene routines, their exams with the physician, what they do to pass the time (not much). On some days, there are a bunch of children there. At night the clients arrive, and still little happens as they are happy to just sit around with the prostitutes and stare at each other, play board games, flirt, gossip. One of them brings a panther with him for some reason- a panther that doesn't age. When they get down to business it turns out all the clients have kinkyish proclivities.

One of the prostitutes who has nightmares and visions actually ends up fulfilling them as one of her clients slashes her cheeks, making her unsuitable for regular work. Another ends up with syphilis and dies. We also meet a young girl who decides to join the staff, with the blessing of her parents somehow. The life is portrayed as a type of slavery and yet women join it voluntarily as way out? And the panther will deliver justice. The bordello also faces closure eventually. That is about it when it comes to a plot. The writer/director does his best to avoid telling a story. For instance, one of the girls will read the tarot cards to the others to answer questions. She interprets the past, the present, and when she gets to the future, the director cuts to something else. When there is action, it is almost filmed in slow motion, everybody moves with all the patience in the world in a calculated unnatural way, as if the actors are being overdirected.

The movie looks pretty good, the longest and most commonly repeated scene of the prostitutes sitting around with clients looks like a living still life. Music and sounds are OK until we get near the end when suddenly we get loud anachronistic contemporary music. This movie is 2 hours long but it feels like 20 hours. I had to see it in two sessions.

What is the point of the movie one asks oneself after sitting through this sedative? Other than being the writer/director's prostitute-adoration piece I can't think of any. It doesn't glorify prostitution but it doesn't humanize it either. One can't care for any of the prostitutes, they all look fairly alike and are not particularly attractive, let alone interesting. It doesn't vilify or humanize the clients either. The emotional tone of the movie is entirely flat throughout. One fears there is some brilliant message that one missed but after watching the behind-the-scenes feature where the director explains himself one can conclude that nothing was missed, there isn't anything to this movie. Somewhere hidden behind endless repeated scenes where nothing happens could have been a decent movie about the life and dreams of prostitutes during those Parisian times. But the director isn't interested in telling a story, he is obsessed with some images that he repeats in all his movies and that derail what could have been a story. If anything, this movie is a remarkable waste of effort, funds, and talent, and a lesson on how not to make a movie.

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