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Maison Close

Maison Close

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Maison Close

About the Series

Set in a lavish 19th Century Parisian bordello, the provocative and popular French erotic drama Maison Close invites American audiences into a sumptuous, stylized world where desire and power reign.  Following the suppression of la Commune, a short-lived workers' revolutionary movement in the 1870s, a cast of gorgeous women trapped by circumstances reside in “Paradise," a top-rate "closed house" reserved for aristocratic or bourgeois clientele and known for its strange and refined practices during a time of legalized prostitution.  Hortense (Valérie Karsenti) is the ruthless and manipulative madame who runs her business with an iron fist; Véra (Anne Charrier) is the stunning star courtesan in her 30s nearing the end of her career; and country ingénue Rose (Jemima West, Mortal Bones: The City of Instruments), arrives in search of her mother, only to be blackmailed into becoming a prostitute.  By turns both erotic and political, this uncompromising, finely crafted television series is the perfect mix of style and substance, a richly compelling period drama with unmistakably modern flair that reimagines age-old themes--and the world's oldest profession--in bold new ways.

Director: Jacques Ouaniche

Reactions

“Addictive.”  - The Guardian

“Would make even a veteran of the 50 Shades of Grey series blush.”   -The Times (UK)

“A racy new French thriller.” - The Observer

“Brilliant. Challenging, thoughtful and above all truly entertaining. A show the HBO would be proud to have on its schedules.” - Box Office Buz

Cast & Crew

Cast

Hortense: Valerie Karsenti
Vera: Anne Charrier
Rose: Jemima West
Marguerite: Catherine Hosmalin
Gaillac: Nicolas Briançon
Mosca: Michael Cohen
Angèle: Blandine Bellavoir
Bertha: Deborah Grall
Valentine: Clemence Bretecher
Kertel: Michael Abiteboul
Pauline: Fatou N'Diaye
Bak: Martin Loizilon
Jeanne: Lubna Gourion

Crew

Creator: Jacques Ouaniche
Series Producers: Jacques Ouaniche, Grégory Ouaniche, Adrian Politowski, Gilles Waterkeyn
Series Cinematography: Pierre-Yves Bastard
Series Art Direction: : Paulo Routier
Series Music: Gast Waltzing & Alain Pewzner

Technical Info

Production Year: 2010 & 2013
Countries of Production: France
Languages: French
Running Time: 16h 0m
Screen Ratio: Season 1: 16x9, Season 2: 2.35:1
Color: Yes
Rating: Unrated

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Reactions

“Addictive.”  - The Guardian

“Would make even a veteran of the 50 Shades of Grey series blush.”   -The Times (UK)

“A racy new French thriller.” - The Observer

“Brilliant. Challenging, thoughtful and above all truly entertaining. A show the HBO would be proud to have on its schedules.” - Box Office Buz

Detailed Film Info

Set in a lavish 19th Century Parisian bordello, the provocative and popular French erotic drama Maison Close invites American audiences into a sumptuous, stylized world where desire and power reign.  Following the suppression of la Commune, a short-lived workers' revolutionary movement in the 1870s, a cast of gorgeous women trapped by circumstances reside in “Paradise," a top-rate "closed house" reserved for aristocratic or bourgeois clientele and known for its strange and refined practices during a time of legalized prostitution.  Hortense (Valérie Karsenti) is the ruthless and manipulative madame who runs her business with an iron fist; Véra (Anne Charrier) is the stunning star courtesan in her 30s nearing the end of her career; and country ingénue Rose (Jemima West, Mortal Bones: The City of Instruments), arrives in search of her mother, only to be blackmailed into becoming a prostitute.  By turns both erotic and political, this uncompromising, finely crafted television series is the perfect mix of style and substance, a richly compelling period drama with unmistakably modern flair that reimagines age-old themes--and the world's oldest profession--in bold new ways.

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