The film depicts life inside a Parisan brothel at the turn of the century. It's very stylised and undoubtedly well made. Gently paced and with little plot, at two hours it's a little slow going at times. Despite the (perhaps overly) beautiful women and the lavish costumes, the overall effect is pretty depressing and I suspect that's the intent. The girls are mostly represented as victims, though their clients are perhaps surprisingly depicted in a mainly generous light. There's a neat twist at the end to draw the film to a satisfying close, but it's not a film I could find myself recommending to too many people.