Opening March 30th – “House of Pleasure” (l’Appolonide”)

Open in the Theater March 30th
San Francisco Film Society

Ambitious and elegantly made, Bertrand Bonello‘s film depicts life in a Paris brothel at the turn of the 20th century. Staying within the house’s walls for all but two brief (but important) moments, the scenario details the clients and day-to-day lives of a variety of the working women within including Madeleine, who suffers a terrible fate at the hand of a client; voluptuous new girl Pauline; Algerian beauty Samira (Secret of the Grain‘s Hafsia Herzi); and the no-nonsense madam Marie-France (the always wonderful Noémie Lvovsky). Using a variety of techniques, including split screen and an anachronistic soundtrack, House of Pleasures reflects on the world’s oldest profession in an entirely new way.

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