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L'apollonide - souvenirs de la maison close (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $19,327Details
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A look at the final days of a turn of the century brothel when much of the Parisian sex trade was confined to grand maisons, populated by elegant madams and vetted clientele and Xavier Beauvois. Within L'Apollonide's walls, Bonello tracks the lives of the Madam and close to a dozen girls among them: Madeline who is horribly disfigured by a client and becomes known as "the woman who laughs", Clotilde the veteran who longs to be a "respectable woman" and Pauline, the newcomer whose eyes are quickly opened to reality. Despite the fact that desire often mixes with danger and disease rears its ugly head, the film is filled with moments of intimacy and camaraderie amongst the girls. Using a bag of cinematic techniques which include split screen, time shifts and a modern soundtrack, Bonello has made a provocative and beautiful film on not only the world's oldest profession but also a commentary on history as remembered by art and literature.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 13,401-13,500) 13,479 $19,327
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 18,401-18,500) 18,428 $19,327
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 5,901-6,000) 5,931 $19,327

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 25th, 2011 (Limited) by IFC Films, released as House of Pleasures
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 125 minutes
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Keywords: Prostitution, Costume Drama, Epilogue, Intertitle, Split Screen, Non-Chronological, Dream Sequence, Sexual Fetishism, Sex Crimes, Voiceover/Narration, Terminal Illness
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Les Films du Lendemain, My New Picture, ARTE France, Canal Plus, Cinecinema, Centre National de la Cinematographie
Production Countries: France

Lead Ensemble Members


Supporting Cast

Jasmine Trinca    Julie
Alice Barnole    Madeleine
Iliana Zabeth    Pauline
Noemie Lvovsky    Marie-France

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Production and Technical Credits

Bertrand Bonello    Screenwriter
   Stage Director
Elsa Amiel    Assistant Stage Director
Josee Deshaies    Cinematographer
Fabrice Rouaud    Editor
Jean-Pierre Duret    Sound
Nicolas Moreau    Sound
Jean-Pierre Laforce    Sound
Alain Guffroy    Set Decorator
Anais Romand    Set Decorator
Anais Romand    Costume Designer
Laure Talazac    Make-up and Prosthetic Effects Designer
Bertrand Bonello    Composer
Aude Cathelin    Production Director
Christina Crassaris    Post-Production Supervisor
Kristina Larsen    Producer
Bertrand Bonello    Producer

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 8th, 2012

May 7th, 2012

It's yet another very slow week on the home market. Boy, I feel like a broken record saying that every week, but it is true. It's especially true this week, as I'm having trouble picking out any release that is worth of Pick of the Week. In the end I went with a Doctor Who release. There are three of them coming out this week, but Story 153: The Happiness Patrol is the only one that is truly good, as opposed to the other two, which are weak installments that have a few fans that defend them. More...

Featured DVD Review: House of Pleasures

May 5th, 2012

House of Pleasures opened domestically last November, right during the heart of Awards season. It earned great reviews, but competition at that time of year is really tough and it never found an audience in theaters. Now that it is out on the home market, will it perform better? Or is it too "Art House" for wider audiences? More...

Per Theater Chart: New Releases Roar

November 30th, 2011

The top film on the per theater chart was a silent film, The Artist, which was amazing, earning more than $200,000 in just four theaters for an average of $51,220. A Dangerous Method was also very strong on the per theater chart earning an average of $41,988, also in four theaters. Last week's winner, The Descendants, expanded into nearly 400 theaters, but still managed an average of $18,835. Finally, the overall box office leader, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, managed an average of $10,252. More...

Feasting on Limited Releases

November 24th, 2011

It's Thanksgiving long weekend, which means the openings of the limited releases are spread over three days. It also means there are a few Awards Season contenders making their theatrical debuts this week. Will any of the Oscar hopefuls snag a nomination? It's too soon to tell, but there's no shortage of contenders with five of the six films earning 80% positive reviews or better. The Artist is earning the best reviews, while A Dangerous Method will likely be the biggest box office hit of the group. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/11/25 75 $4,766   1 $4,766   $4,766 1
2011/12/02 81 $2,767 -42% 1 $2,767   $10,871 2
2011/12/09 85 $2,120 -23% 3 $707   $14,904 3
2011/12/16 76 $2,912 +37% 3 $971   $19,327 4

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/11/25 68 $8,104   1 $8,104   $8,104 1
2011/12/02 77 $4,680 -42% 1 $4,680   $12,784 2
2011/12/09 76 $3,631 -22% 3 $1,210   $16,415 3

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