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I never felt this movie glorified child prostitution. It told the story of the way things were back then. Life now is much different than it was in the early party of the last century and I think this film shows the ugliness of the brothels of that era. Poor Violet having her virginity auctioned and really not knowing any better. When the creepy old guy pays the money, it made me feel sick to my stomach. I guess that was the point of the movie. It made me feel so many things on so many different levels.
All in all, it was a movie that made me think. It was also beautifully shot and very realistic to the time it portrayed. The costumes, the music and the setting were breathtaking. I definitely thought about it after the film was over.
A great film but one that is definitely not for everyone.
Sarandon was flawless and seamless as usual (and never looked better). The long takes on the faces of the characters was noticeable but short of annoying. The sets were almost magical. They seemed so natural without all the usual, "Look folks, this is 1917!" kind of feeling you usually get with period piece photography. The milieu of the whore house in New Orleans in which little Violet wanders about in every room and every nook and at any time, day or night, seems natural and unforced. It's a huge child's playground in effect for the twelve-year-old who yearns to out-do mommie in being desirable to the johns.
The story line is strangely reserved. You keep expecting some real horror to explode in your face, and then you expect a heart sickening tragedy, Violet to be mutilated by one of her johns or perhaps exploited by some sick man, but the worst she gets is deflowered and slapped. The madame of the house (played brilliantly by an actress whose name I don't know) has her whipped for something, but she skips away from that saying it didn't hurt and runs off to the photographer she likes, played perhaps too Victorianly by Keith Carradine.Read more ›
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although it could be considered "kiddie porn" by todays standards and never get the go ahead from the studio for being so "real". Read morePublished 14 days ago by BoredKitty
Great plot and story line. Some teen-age nudity but not pornographic.Published 1 month ago by Howard Hawkins
A really awful movie. About the only reason to watch is seeing young Susan Sarandon half naked.Published 2 months ago by Jobu88
Great actors but hammy acting, probably due to the lousy script. I understand the subject matter is supposed to show us how life was in a New Orleans brothel in 1917 for a 12 year... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheila Bryan