House of Pleasures
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You won't like this movie if you want:
-Scene composition from music video directors
-Average scene duration under 3 seconds
-Dancing girls from music videos
-Clever one-liners, like from a James Bond movie
-A happy ending where the hero gets the girl and the villain is thrown into a waterfall (for instance)
What you will get is:
-Slow, delicious scenes
-Eroticism without a hint of voyeurism
-A touching human story about desperation and being victims of the times and circumstance
-Women who are beautiful beyond their physical appearance
-Quietly raw emotions
This is not another French movie that you confuse with others that you've seen just because it's French. Don't miss it.
I'm not sure who I'd recommend this movie to, since I think many people might be put off by the subject matter (much like our friend who posted the one-star review) but I think it's a great achievement and deserves to be watched with an open mind and heart. It's difficult to watch at times and as one reviewer said, it's definitely in the "artsy" film category, but I found it extremely moving and I loved the performances of all the actresses playing the prostitutes. Check it out for yourself. If you are offended by nudity - full frontal, often, both sexes - probably best to steer clear, but if you appreciate a well-made, provocative, and thought-provoking movie, I really do recommend it. It's so beautiful to look at, and it will haunt you for days.
The film moves slowly and makes rather overt nods to both Kubrick's now revered Eyes Wide Shut and De Palma's under-rated Black Dahlia. But in two surprising instances its languid pace is punctuated by anachronistic blues rock songs. Especially powerful is the use of the Moody Blues haunting "Nights in White Satin" that functions as a painfully lyric ode to female suffering.
Recommended viewing alongside House of Pleasures: Pretty Baby, Louis Malle's 1978 classic of prosititution in New Orleans fabled Storyville.
-This is not an erotic film, and it is not meant to be. Granted, there are nude women in this film. There are nude men. And there are scenes of a sexual nature. But there is not eroticism portrayed in a way that people expecting a porn-like film would enjoy. Many scenes may be a bit graphic for people who easily blush at nudity. But for people accustomed with the human anatomy, and are not looking for an adult-film, will find this production tastefully done. The nude scenes are done very comfortably and professionally. There is nothing amateur or inappropriate about the content in the scenes. I admired the camera-work, as it was done obviously with a great detail to portraying the characters appropriately without exploiting the fact they have no clothes on.
-It's not fast-paced, suspenseful, or strewn with any sort of action-like undertone. This movie, I would describe, as a bit of a slow paced drama. If you take the time to emotionally connect with the characters (which I found very easy to do), you'll quickly grow into the pace of the movie. It is not your typical film. People accustomed to normal American movies need to go into this film expecting something different. Something artfully done and well-thought through. The storyline is subtle and beautiful, but in order to understand it fully you need to pay a great deal of attention to the details. And you cannot expect it to rapidly move from clip to clip with overly done exaggerations. No, this film is much different than that. It's at a much slower, deeper pace that I think allows you to truly emotionally connect with the characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Strange and dark...not our style. More of a horror/history movie and less of a sexy one.Published 2 months ago by Brian Gockley
couldn't download the HD version had to settle for SD. quality was very poor.Published 9 months ago by phil payne
Psycho-Social exploration thought provoking kind of depressing.Published 9 months ago by Secretly sweet
Unfortunately, I did not care for this film and would never recommend it to anyone.Published 11 months ago by scott625b