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Paris, 1871. This is a story of the women trapped in a luxury brothel, 'Paradise'. The very young Rose came to Paris in search of her mother, former prostitute. She is trapped and forced to... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
Anne Charrier ...  Véra / ... 16 episodes, 2010-2013
Jemima West ...  Rose 16 episodes, 2010-2013
Valérie Karsenti Valérie Karsenti ...  Hortense Caillac / ... 16 episodes, 2010-2013
Catherine Hosmalin Catherine Hosmalin ...  Marguerite Fourchon 16 episodes, 2010-2013
Deborah Grall ...  Bertha 16 episodes, 2010-2013
Blandine Bellavoir ...  Angèle 16 episodes, 2010-2013
Elsa Catarina Elsa Catarina ...  Olympe 16 episodes, 2010-2013
Clémence Bretécher ...  Valentine 15 episodes, 2010-2013
Sébastien Libessart ...  Comissaire Principal Tarcy / ... 11 episodes, 2010-2013
Nicolas Briançon ...  Paul Caillac / ... 8 episodes, 2010
Michaël Cohen ...  Louis Mosca 8 episodes, 2013
Fatou N'Diaye Fatou N'Diaye ...  Pauline 8 episodes, 2013
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul ...  Kertel 8 episodes, 2013
Martin Loizillon Martin Loizillon ...  Bak 8 episodes, 2013
Aurélien Wiik ...  Adrien 8 episodes, 2013
Jean-Marie Frin Jean-Marie Frin ...  Comissaire Angelus 8 episodes, 2013
Simone Aisha Simone Aisha ...  Agläe 8 episodes, 2010
Dinamene Alves Dinamene Alves ...  Prostitute 8 episodes, 2010
Susana Correia Susana Correia ...  Jessy 8 episodes, 2010
Lubna Gourion Lubna Gourion ...  Jeanne 7 episodes, 2013
Nuria Mayor Nuria Mayor ...  Lucia 7 episodes, 2013


Paris, 1871. This is a story of the women trapped in a luxury brothel, 'Paradise'. The very young Rose came to Paris in search of her mother, former prostitute. She is trapped and forced to enroll in Paradise. Vera is 35 years. She knows that the end of her career as a prostitute is near. She is betting everything on the Baron Du Plessis, her main client and the only one able to redeem her debt. Hortense is the owner of Paradise. She must take care her girls and resist pressure from a thug from the suburbs who is charging her money. Written by Celia

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4 October 2010 (France) See more »

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Maison close - La casa del piacere See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal

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Grim, seemingly authentic...but kind of SLOW
28 October 2012 | by minnichSee all my reviews

The French TV series "Maison Close" is set in a Paris brothel ("Le Paradis") just after the end of the Franco-Prussian War (i.e., apparently in the last half of 1871). The two key themes are the quest of a new (and mostly unwilling) young arrival there to learn the fate of her mother -- who'd once also worked as a prostitute at the Paradis -- and the simultaneous efforts of the brothel's madam to purchase the operation from her scheming brother, who's the behind-the-scenes owner.

The acting is good, and the sets and camera-work effectively display the grim living conditions of the girls (that is, their cramped common sleeping quarters, as compared to the opulent rooms where they "entertain" the guests), but the pace of many episodes can, frankly, drag and get very "talky" and soap-opera-like.

One final observation: there's NOT a lot of nudity in the series (first season, anyway): did hookers in 1870s Paris REALLY mainly have sex clothed (not even topless, mostly), just accommodating the client doggie-style on the bed (dress still on) or "cowgirl" on top, again with very little flesh showing? That's sure not how it's traditionally depicted in other modern films!

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