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.
“Would make even a veteran of the 50 Shades of Grey series blush.”
The Times (UK)
“A racy new French thriller.”
“Brilliant. Challenging, thoughtful and above all truly entertaining. A show the HBO would be proud to have on its schedules.
Box Office Buz
2-Disc Blu-Ray Set
3-Disc DVD Set
Collector’s Booklet including photos and essays
Hortense (Valérie Karsenti), Bertha (Deborah Grall), Rose (Jemima West), Vera (Anne Charrier), Angele (Blandine Bellavoir), Valentine (Clemence Bretecher) in MAISON CLOSE. Courtesy of Music Box Films
Vera (Anne Charrier) in MAISON CLOSE. Courtesy of Music Box Films
Edgar (Lannick Gautry) and Rose (Jemima West) in MAISON CLOSE. Courtesy of Music Box Films
Angele (Blandine Bellavoir) in MAISON CLOSE. Courtesy of Music Box Films
Valentine (Clemence Bretecher) in MAISON CLOSE. Courtesy of Music Box Films
Rose (Jemima West) in MAISON CLOSE. Courtesy of Music Box Films