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Dreamy drama following the travails of a group of prostitutes in a belle epoque bordello. It's slow, extremely sad (the main character is permanently disfigured by one of her clients) and features some unsuccessful stylistic gambles (a montage set to "Nights in White Satin"), but it's also a beautiful-looking, elegant and moving film with believably scarred characters.
Even though the film is beautiful in a cinematographic way, the story is nothing more than pure lustful cruelty upon the female sex. It is one of the most horrible subdued stories of one of the oldest professions, no human should be subjected to these horrible crimes, yet sadly it happens everyday and it will continue way after my generation is gone, because in reality when it comes to reality check, we are worst than animals.
excellent film! I only wish someone would give m the tracking listing to the soundtrack... fin-de-siecle Paris never looked so lush, the nostalgia, the anti-Semitism of the time (surely the mentioning of the Dreyfus affair & Madeline's disfigurement was no coincidence!!). So very well done.
The aptly titled, original French name for the film was House of Tolerance. I hate translations. Anyway, House of Pleasures is graphic and disturbing, but remains a beautiful and poignant film that examines the evils of prostitution without being judgmental, via the relationship it develops with the women. Bonello is a genius and intend on watching anything else of his I can get my hands on.
An interesting period drama that showcases the appeal of prostitution, while not glamorizing by any means either. Some weird cuts and imagery help the film's atmosphere too, although I could have gone without the anachronistic music.
An hauntingly poetic film that shows a deep respect for its setting and characters. The way the director manipulates time and space throughout is an astonishing achievement of narrative deconstruction and reconstruction. It is deep, compassionate, hopeful, and devastating. This is one of the most powerful films I have seen in a long time.
Stylish and beautiful. Bonello is quite skilful at building his claustrophobic atmosphere. The best feature of the film is that it avoids misogyny and comes across as un-exploitative, though it reserves its few visual shocks.