House of Tolerance

House of Tolerance

The story of the last days of a French brothel at the dawn of the 20th Century. In a closed world, where some men fall in love and others turn vicious, the girls form a strong bond, sharing their secrets, their fears, their joys and their pains. 2.9 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
House of Tolerance

Omniscore:

Certificate 18
Genre Drama
Director Bertrand Bonello
Cast Jasmine Trinca, Adele Haenel Hafsia Herzi
Studio The Works
Release Date January 2012
Running Time 122 mins
 

The story of the last days of a French brothel at the dawn of the 20th Century. In a closed world, where some men fall in love and others turn vicious, the girls form a strong bond, sharing their secrets, their fears, their joys and their pains.

Reviews

Time Out

Trevor Johnston

Seductive on the surface, steely underneath, this is an angry, fascinating, highly political film all wrapped up in costumed frilliness.

23/01/2012

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

Languid yet claustrophobic.

16/01/2012

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Channel 4 Film

Rebecca Davies

A couple of events might score a bit too highly on the pretence-o-meter for some tastes - a scar-faced prostitute crying tears of sperm being one of them - but if you enjoyed the dreamlike pacing of Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark, you'll probably like this.

27/01/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

There is enough detail about money, cosmetics, hygiene, sexually transmitted diseases, theatrical deportment and authentic camaraderie to qualify the film as a kind of documentary.

01/01/1900

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The Times

Kevin Maher

The documentary-like observations, the gloomy shadows and the sudden acts of violence all paint the bordello as a dark and sinister place.

27/01/2012

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

We watch with various degrees of either fascination or boredom as the girls go about their work wondering how long it or they will last.

27/01/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

A bleak, unyielding yet sumptuously beautiful view of prostitutes' lives in Belle Epoque Paris. Set almost entirely within a well-appointed brothel, it is less a drama than an unfolding fresco describing the everyday routine of its inmates and the dangers of their trade.

27/01/2012

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Screen

Howard Feinstein

The film does not have the energy required to infect even the most vulnerable viewer with its despair or its occasional lightheartedness. The project feels constipated through and through.

16/05/2011

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The Sunday Times

Peter Whittle

A kind of misery memoir.

29/01/2012

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Empire Magazine

Tom Seymour

We’re thrown into this world headfirst, in the period detail and the grace of an ensemble cast spurred by the easy motions of Bonello’s camera. But this grows overlong, opaque and impressionistic, the spattering of lucid drama swallowed by scenes of ogling fetish.

23/01/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

[A] weirdly nasty film.

26/01/2012

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