House of Pleasures
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- Released: March 13, 2012
- Originally Released: 2011
- Label: Ifc Independent Film
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Casting the actresses
- Prologue: from writing to editing
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Rating: B -- Bertrand Bonello's visually alluring glimpse of what prostitute's do during down time. Captivating at times, but it does go on. Full Review
Cleveland Plain Dealer
What gives the film its haunting pull, as well as its feminist undercurrent, is the filmmaker's palpable compassion for these women. Full Review
The film's surreal, dreamlike atmosphere seems indebted to Lynch and Bunuel, and is enhanced by glitches in perspective, playbacks and split screens...
Sight and Sound
Rating: 3/5 -- 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.
London Evening Standard
The prostitutes at an early-20th century Paris brothel revel in their hopes and contend with customers who range from the hopelessly smitten to the frighteningly hostile in this visually sumptuous period drama from writer/director Bertrand Bonello (THE PORNOGRAPHER, ON WAR).
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