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House of Tolerance (2011)

L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 25 November 2011 (USA)
At an elegant Parisian bordello at the dawn of the 20th century, exists a cloistered world of pleasure, pain, hope, rivalries, and most of all, slavery.

Director:

Bertrand Bonello

Writer:

Bertrand Bonello (scenario)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noémie Lvovsky ... Marie-France
Hafsia Herzi ... Samira
Céline Sallette ... Clotilde
Jasmine Trinca ... Julie
Adèle Haenel ... Léa
Alice Barnole Alice Barnole ... Madeleine
Iliana Zabeth ... Pauline
Pauline Jacquard Pauline Jacquard
Anaïs Thomas Anaïs Thomas
Maia Sandoz Maia Sandoz ... (as Maïa Sandoz)
Joanna Grudzinska Joanna Grudzinska
Esther Garrel
Xavier Beauvois
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Jacques Nolot
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Storyline

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, opium, age, and violent clients. One reads sociology at her peril. Occasionally, a client talks of marriage. There are also friendships and affection among the women. The madam is in a dispute with her landlord and calls on influential clients to help. There's a picnic one summer day, a wake, and an evening in masks. Have they expectations? In a coda, we watch a street scene in contemporary Paris. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An Aesthetic Shock.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Pleasures See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,766, 18 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,327, 18 December 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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Plaisir d'amour
by Bertrand Bonello and Eloïse Decazes
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I want my 2 hours back.
16 October 2011 | by gozuSee all my reviews

There is no plot - only a stream of images following prostitutes in a bordello. The cinematography is OK and there are many realistic depictions of the female body but the overall result was oh-so-dull.

There is no plot, the editing looks like it was done randomly, the continuity is tenuous, the characters are boring.

I suffered through the whole movie. I'm giving it 4 stars because I did chuckle 4 times and I suppose it could have been worse somehow. I now feel a profound resentment for the director and the writer(s). What a bunch of self-indulgent jerks. Even Michael Bay does better movies! Michael Bay! Ugh!

Don't watch this. I stayed in the movie theater in the hopes the ending would somehow redeem it and because I was with friends.

They both strongly disliked it by the way.


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