L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) [House of Tolerance] (2011)

L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Writer: Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Jasmine Trinca, Adèle Haenel, Alice Barnole, Iliana Zabeth, Noémie Lvovsky

Plot:
As the 19th century draws to a close, Marie-France’s (Noémie) brothel has a good reputation and is rather well-visited. Nevertheless Marie-France struggles with debt just as her girls struggle with their debt to her. As they engage with the clients in more and much less benign ways and find the support they need in the friendships with each other, all of them dream of freedom.

L’Apollonide is a fantastic movie with wonderful actresses, a great story and beautiful settings that grabbed me from the start and didn’t let me go again.

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Le chat du rabbin [The Rabbi’s Cat] (2011)

Le chat du rabbin
Director: Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar
Writer: Joann Sfar, Sandrina Jardel
Based on: Joann Sfar‘s comic
Cast: François Morel, Maurice Bénichou, Hafsia Herzi, Sava Lolov, Eric Elmosnino, Mathieu Amalric
Part of: Anilogue

Plot:
Algeria in the 1920s. The local rabbi’s (Maurice Bénichou) cat (François Morel) starts talking after eating the family parrot. And since the cat loves nothing more than the rabbi’s daughter (Hafsia Herzi), he wants to convert to Judaism to be able to court her. But that is only the beginning of the rabbi’s and the cat’s adventures that leads them right across Africa.

The movie is very funny, but it kinda ends in the middle of nowhere (literally and figuratively) and it has a few lengths. Nevertheless, it’s pretty excellent.

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