Month: June 2012

House of Tolerance (Bonello, 2011)

Though it’s set largely in 1900, Bertrand Bonello’s House of Tolerance has one foot firmly in the 21st Century. The tale of a Parisian brothel called L’Appollonide, it luxuriates in the decadent trappings of its era but infuses it with a sensibility is decidedly modern. This is no straightforward period piece – Bonello peppers its action with modern, poppy tics that create a sense that time is a slippery, fluid thing. When the film closes with shots of prostitutes on the streets of modern day Paris it’s not jarring so much as it is a natural extension of what has come before – the time and place may change, but the business stays the same.