House of Pleasures Reviews

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.
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.
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 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
Here to prove that misogyny never quite goes out of style in the cinema, French director Bertrand Bonello presents this wearisome, questionable spectacle.
January 26, 2012
Dazzling and deep. You'll want to go back for more.
January 24, 2012
Seductive on the surface, steely underneath, this is an angry, fascinating, highly political film all wrapped up in costumed frilliness.
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.
November 23, 2011
Among other things, a sharp corrective to such effervescent red-light classics as Max Ophls's "Le Plaisir."
November 22, 2011
Erratic, occasionally WTF hilarious...
November 22, 2011
Glamorously louche.
September 10, 2011
Without soft-pedaling it-the story of "The Girl Who Laughs" alone will brush away that line of criticism-Bonello nonetheless mourns the extinction of the brothel, where the women at least had each other.