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House of Pleasures Reviews

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January 23, 2012
Erotically charged but overlong and untroubled by too much plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 18, 2012
... the movie drips with silk and velvet; you can very nearly smell the leather and perfume... But there's another story in the hollow eyes of the assembled courtesans, the palpable air of hopelessness that pervades this pretty, airless film.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
November 22, 2011
Glamorously louche.
December 1, 2011
Strictly for art-house fans impervious to things bizarre, offensive and indulgent.
January 26, 2012
Here to prove that misogyny never quite goes out of style in the cinema, French director Bertrand Bonello presents this wearisome, questionable spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 22, 2011
A brief history of time and space, according to Bertrand Bonello.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 9, 2012
It emphasizes setting over character and plot; and it casts a mood that's both eerie and entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2012
There's plenty of flesh on display but the stories are far from erotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2012
No one, male or female, has any fun, but the men behave as if they do. They are all half-stupefied by the languor in which they drown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 17, 2012
Bertrand Bonello's visually alluring glimpse of what prostitute's do during down time. Captivating at times, but it does go on.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 23, 2011
Among other things, a sharp corrective to such effervescent red-light classics as Max Ophüls's "Le Plaisir."
March 7, 2012
What gives the film its haunting pull, as well as its feminist undercurrent, is the filmmaker's palpable compassion for these women.
January 26, 2012
Dazzling and deep. You'll want to go back for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2012
Seductive on the surface, steely underneath, this is an angry, fascinating, highly political film all wrapped up in costumed frilliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2011
The heavy candlelit chiaroscuro paints the women as mobile Renoirs, Degases and Manets.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 29, 2012
It's about forcing us to think about people we never would otherwise and seeing their struggles and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2011
"Pleasures" becomes as enveloping - and sometimes as awkward - as one of the L'Apollonide ladies' heaving corsets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 30, 2012
Bonello is more interested in the women's relationships with each other than with their rich clients, though we do get to see them living out some of their patrons' kinky desires.
January 29, 2012
The film is superbly designed to suggest the oppressive, hypocritical haut-bourgeois decor, the obsessive eroticism that excludes real desire, and the languorous timelessness that makes one day like another.
January 16, 2012
We're immersed in the routines and rituals of the female prostitutes, in a world smelling of "sperm and champagne".
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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