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.
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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Did You Know?
The film was given the 18 rating in the UK and the R18 rating in New Zealand. The film was given the M rating in Australia. See more
When Nell takes a customer upstairs to "view" Violet in the bathroom she tells him that she is a virgin.pure as the driven snow. Violet had already lost her virginity in an earlier scene. This may have been a deliberate lie but the customer would have soon found out. See more
What will become of her now?
What's going on with you? You don't have to worry about her. She's made a lot of money. She can do as she likes.
She's only twelve. She's completely alone.
Bellocq, you're in love with her.
Don't be absurd.
I've seen it a thousand times. I am old, and I know one thing - life is very long.
The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON." See more
Winin' Boy Blues
Written by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton
Performed by Antonio Fargas See more