AKA House of Tolerance
A turn-of-the-century brothel becomes an unlikely bastion of loyalty in HOUSE OF PLEASURES, an erotic feast about the uniquely intimate camaraderie that develops among the ladies of the luxurious French house L’Apollinde. Madam Marie-France provides a glamorous life for some of the most alluring and desirable women in Paris, but also treats them as virtual slaves. Among the dozen employees are a cheerful girl with a regular adoring john, a regal beauty who disdains all the men fighting for her services, a long-legged stunner reaching the end of her career, and a sweet and trusting new girl who winds up in bed with a very rough customer.
From the director of The Pornographer, HOUSE OF PLEASURES “crystallizes a simple truth that has eluded so many other costume dramas: what we think of as history was, for those who experienced it, nothing more or less than life.” (Dennis Lim, The New York Times)