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October 06, 2014
L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)
House of Tolerance (French: L'Apollonide: Souvenirs de la maison close, also known as
House of Pleasures), is 2011 French drama film directed by Bertrand Bonello,
Alice Barnole, Iliana Zabeth and Noémie Lvovsky.
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Life in an elegant Parisian brothel in the early twentieth century. The madam essentially
owns the women: their expenses exceed earnings, they are in debt. They face
problems of pregnancy, opium, age, and violent clients. One reads sociology at
her peril. Occasionally, a client talks of marriage. There are also friendships and
affection among the women. The madam is in a dispute with her landlord and
calls on influential clients to help. There's a picnic one summer day, a wake,
and an evening in masks. Have they expectations? In a coda, we watch a
street scene in contemporary Paris.
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