House of Tolerance (2011)

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.
Genres:  Drama
Actors:  Noémie LvovskyHafsia HerziCéline Sallette
Directors:  Bertrand Bonello
Countries:  France
Writers:  Bertrand Bonello
Runtime: 2h 2min
Release: 25 November 2011
IMDb: 6.7

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