Bibliothèque Pascal


Bibliothèque Pascal (2010)




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A mother's struggle to support her child leads her into a surreal netherworld of sex and danger in this drama from Hungarian filmmaker Szabolcs Hajdu. Mona Paparu (Orsolya Torok-Illyes) is a single mother who has been left to raise her daughter Viorica (Lujza Hajdu) on her own, only to have her fitness as a parent called into question by her aunt Rodica (Oana Pellea). Forced to answer Rodica's charges in a meeting with Child Protective Service authorities, Mona tells the long, convoluted tale of how she fell in with Viorel (Andi Vasluianu), a charming but sinister underworld figure, in order to provide for her daughter. As Mona falls into debt to Viorel, he puts her to work in a variety of illegal enterprises, finally ending up in the Bibliotheque Pascal, an elegant but bizarre house of prostitution in which men can re-enact sexual scenarios inspired by great works of literature for a hefty fee. But not all of Viorel's customers are paying for up-market sex -- some are interested in brutal violence and even death. Bibliotheque Pascal was an official selection at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Bibliothèque Pascal

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Bibliotheque Pascal takes risks. Many of them do not pay off. But at least it takes them.

Mar 29, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Bibliothèque Pascal is a bracing, shocking, confusing journey at times. But it is also a moving, involving story, its harsher elements balanced by always seeming to have its heart in the right place.

Mar 4, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bibliothèque Pascal

A frightening tale of a young woman, betrayed by those who ought to protect her and preyed upon by a ruthless pimp who demands perfection. Or is it? Is it real, or a merely fantastic tale meant to explain an absence that put her child in some minor danger? One is never sure. There are several disturbing images, and one finds oneself believing it could happen just the way she tells it.

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