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House of Tolerance

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Original title
L'apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) (House of Tolerance)
Year
Running time
125 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Bertrand Bonello
Music
Bertrand Bonello
Cinematography
Josée Deshaies
Cast
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Producer
Les Films du Lendemain
Genre
Drama | Prostitution. 1900s. Costume Drama
Synopsis / Plot
The dawn of the XXth century: L'Apollonide, a house of tolerance, is living its last days. In this closed world, where some men fall in love and others become viciously harmful, the girls share their secrets, their fears, their joys and their pains. This is the 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.
Awards
2011: Cesar Awards: Best Costume Design. 8 nominations
2011: Cannes Film Festival: Official Selection
2011: Gijon Film Festival: Official Selection - Out of Competition
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