House of Pleasures Reviews

  • Jan 12, 2018

    Depressing story about prostitutes at a French brothel at the turn of the twentith century. The girls do it to be free and independent as one girl says. This isn't that at all. Strange that a few of them even believe that the guys they sleep with for money might still come save them.

    Depressing story about prostitutes at a French brothel at the turn of the twentith century. The girls do it to be free and independent as one girl says. This isn't that at all. Strange that a few of them even believe that the guys they sleep with for money might still come save them.

  • Jan 31, 2016

    After an unsettling start, it turns into a rather fascinating (albeit melodramatic) film.

    After an unsettling start, it turns into a rather fascinating (albeit melodramatic) film.

  • Mar 20, 2015

    Visually aesthetic and pleasing film that shows how we can understand humanity and camaraderie from anywhere. The stories of the girls is not one of pity but of struggle and living and surviving in a world that treats women as objects. The film shows that a discussion is needed when it comes to prostitution as it shows at the end of the with the way prostitution is today in its current climate. Maybe the film shows more of being an advocate of brothels with is gaiety and life and safety, though there is a risk of attack as is shown. Though the film explores the nihilism of prostitution and the girls wanting to get out for a better life, its the colours of the photography that bring it to life with its authentic looking shots and decor. A very good film

    Visually aesthetic and pleasing film that shows how we can understand humanity and camaraderie from anywhere. The stories of the girls is not one of pity but of struggle and living and surviving in a world that treats women as objects. The film shows that a discussion is needed when it comes to prostitution as it shows at the end of the with the way prostitution is today in its current climate. Maybe the film shows more of being an advocate of brothels with is gaiety and life and safety, though there is a risk of attack as is shown. Though the film explores the nihilism of prostitution and the girls wanting to get out for a better life, its the colours of the photography that bring it to life with its authentic looking shots and decor. A very good film

  • Aug 16, 2014

    Not the sex-fest you would imagine from the title, but this French movie does depict lots of female nudity (all of it appealing in its many shapes and sizes). This brothel houses many prostitutes of varying age and beauty. The clients are mostly the same men who return night after night building hope in the ladies for a brighter future. This is depressing and overly long but it did keep my interest. The camaraderie among the ladies was a pleasure to watch.

    Not the sex-fest you would imagine from the title, but this French movie does depict lots of female nudity (all of it appealing in its many shapes and sizes). This brothel houses many prostitutes of varying age and beauty. The clients are mostly the same men who return night after night building hope in the ladies for a brighter future. This is depressing and overly long but it did keep my interest. The camaraderie among the ladies was a pleasure to watch.

  • Oct 13, 2013

    Fascinating look inside a brothel at the turn of the century in Paris. A little slow sometimes.

    Fascinating look inside a brothel at the turn of the century in Paris. A little slow sometimes.

  • Aug 19, 2013

    In English, titled as House of Tolerance or House of Pleasures, this film follows the lives of a handful of Parisian prostitutes at an elite brothel during the turn of the 20th century(1899-1900). Beautiful cinematography paralleled with a modern yet somehow completely fitting score makes this film an all around aesthetically pleasing experience. There is elegance in every shot, however gruesome and disturbing the content gets. Listed under the drama genre, however, I would not recommended this Bertrand Bonello directed film to those who are not familiar with art house cinema.

    In English, titled as House of Tolerance or House of Pleasures, this film follows the lives of a handful of Parisian prostitutes at an elite brothel during the turn of the 20th century(1899-1900). Beautiful cinematography paralleled with a modern yet somehow completely fitting score makes this film an all around aesthetically pleasing experience. There is elegance in every shot, however gruesome and disturbing the content gets. Listed under the drama genre, however, I would not recommended this Bertrand Bonello directed film to those who are not familiar with art house cinema.

  • Jul 03, 2013

    Interesting setting, but boring story. Drifts throughout and ultimately goes nowhere.

    Interesting setting, but boring story. Drifts throughout and ultimately goes nowhere.

  • Jun 30, 2013

    HOUSE OF PLEASURES is truly astonishing. This gorgeous sumptuous film brilliantly depicts prostitution as nothing short of enslavement. Director Bertrand Bonello pulls off quite a feat. He shows how prostitution in the Belle Epoque, so often glamorized in art, was actually a nightmare of brutality. He then includes brief passages of late 20th century music and split screens, to clearly comment on our current world in which prostitution continues to destroy lives. Most importantly, Bonello never makes the sex kinky or titillating. The film is gorgeous but Bonello never loses his insights. At no point would one think this world is beautiful or wonderful. He also doesn't over due the ghastliness of it all. The film is long, and it feels long, which is the key to its success. You live the lives of these women, only once leaving the bordello. In small ways we see how prostitution breaks the spirit and literally kills. A magnificent work with true depth and insight. Bravo to all involved!

    HOUSE OF PLEASURES is truly astonishing. This gorgeous sumptuous film brilliantly depicts prostitution as nothing short of enslavement. Director Bertrand Bonello pulls off quite a feat. He shows how prostitution in the Belle Epoque, so often glamorized in art, was actually a nightmare of brutality. He then includes brief passages of late 20th century music and split screens, to clearly comment on our current world in which prostitution continues to destroy lives. Most importantly, Bonello never makes the sex kinky or titillating. The film is gorgeous but Bonello never loses his insights. At no point would one think this world is beautiful or wonderful. He also doesn't over due the ghastliness of it all. The film is long, and it feels long, which is the key to its success. You live the lives of these women, only once leaving the bordello. In small ways we see how prostitution breaks the spirit and literally kills. A magnificent work with true depth and insight. Bravo to all involved!

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    John B Super Reviewer
    May 29, 2013

    Disturbing in parts but nonetheless, this look into a turn of the century brothel has compelling gals who perform the same tasks but are from so many diverse and interesting backgrounds.

    Disturbing in parts but nonetheless, this look into a turn of the century brothel has compelling gals who perform the same tasks but are from so many diverse and interesting backgrounds.

  • Apr 14, 2013

    Difficile d'embarquer dans l'histoire car pas d'action à suivre. Juste du voyeurisme. je vais essayer de nouveau mais

    Difficile d'embarquer dans l'histoire car pas d'action à suivre. Juste du voyeurisme. je vais essayer de nouveau mais