House of Pleasures Reviews

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August 6, 2019
At once repellant and enthralling,exotic and familiar, but never anything short of fascinating.
November 16, 2017
Yet there is something else here, mysterious, practically intangible within the confines both of the brothel and the genre, something that leaves the film a lingering quality like smoke left hanging in a vacated room, traces, ghosts, remnants.
June 19, 2013
Nothing in this film comes as a surprise, but Bonello's intent to show the place backstage as well as onstage is fulfilled and pertinent, even though the period setting gives the picture a curio air.
January 24, 2013
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.
March 29, 2012
It's about forcing us to think about people we never would otherwise and seeing their struggles and humanity.
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.
March 6, 2012
There's plenty of flesh on display but the stories are far from erotic.
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.
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.
February 9, 2012
It emphasizes setting over character and plot; and it casts a mood that's both eerie and entrancing.
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 27, 2012
We watch with various degrees of either fascination or boredom as the girls go about their work wondering how long it or they will last.
January 26, 2012
Dazzling and deep. You'll want to go back for more.
January 25, 2012
Bertrand Bonello's atmospheric, poetic film seduces you with all the skill and subtlety of the courtesans it depicts.
January 24, 2012
Seductive on the surface, steely underneath, this is an angry, fascinating, highly political film all wrapped up in costumed frilliness.
January 16, 2012
We're immersed in the routines and rituals of the female prostitutes, in a world smelling of "sperm and champagne".
December 15, 2011
"Pleasures" becomes as enveloping - and sometimes as awkward - as one of the L'Apollonide ladies' heaving corsets.
November 27, 2011
The heavy candlelit chiaroscuro paints the women as mobile Renoirs, Degases and Manets.
November 25, 2011
It's a gorgeously filmed portrait of a bygone era, with painstaking attention to period detail.
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