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Bertrand Bonello, Jeremie Renier and Gaspard Ulliel - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Yves Saint Laurent' - Photocall - Cannes, France - Saturday 17th May 2014

Bertrand Bonello, Jeremie Renier and Gaspard Ulliel
Bertrand Bonello, Aymeline Valade and Lea Seydoux
Bertrand Bonello, Aymeline Valade, Lea Seydoux and Amira Casar
Bertrand Bonello, Jeremie Renier and Gaspard Ulliel
Bertrand Bonello, Lea Seydoux and Amira Casar
Bertrand Bonello, Jeremie Renier and Gaspard Ulliel

House Of Tolerance Review


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Beyond the obvious fact that prostitution is depressing and degrading to women, this film doesn't have much to say. But at least it's assembled with lavish style, while packing scenes with increasingly wacky touches.

Madame Marie-France (Lvovsky) is struggling to keep her brothel open in 1899 Paris. Even though her licensed high-class girls have loyal clients, trouble is brewing. As the new century dawns, Madeleine (Barnole) is viciously attacked by a regular customer (Lacotte), and there are also the usual worries of pregnancy and syphilis. Although at least there's a new girl, 16-year-old Pauline (Zabeth), to attract fresh customers. But rising rent and shifting morality is changing the business, and Marie-France may need to take drastic measures to survive.

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The Pornographer Review


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An old adult filmmaker is out of money, so he comes out of retirement to shoot a couple more porno films. But in the '00s, he finds things aren't the same as they were back in his heyday. Stories and symbolism -- a love story!? -- are all out the window. Now it's all about the explicit sex, and the dirtier the better. Although Jacques (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is the director in name, he finds the younger crew around him controlling the set. He finishes the film depressed.

Bertrand Bonello's film isn't just a study of how porn has degenerated from adult-oriented love stories to rank perversion, it's also a film about how the movies themselves have changed, especially French cinema. No longer thoughtful spectacles, even Gallic films have succumbed to the need to shock and awe.

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