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Maison Close Seasons 1 & 2

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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.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals


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.

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Cast & Crew
  • 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
  • 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
  • Release Date : 10/26/10
  • Countries of Production : France
  • Languages : French
  • Running Time : 16 hours (Total)
  • Screen Ratio : Season 1: 16x9, Season 2: 2.35:1
  • Sound : Stereo
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
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DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

2-Disc Blu-Ray Set

3-Disc DVD Set

Collector’s Booklet including photos and essays