This is NOT one of those French tales which, at the end, leaves you wondering what was going on. No, indeed. This is truly French drama at it's very best. Despite being set in a French brothel, the story itself seems designed not to titillate, but to educate the viewer as to the truly terrible situation the women in this establishment find themselves in. In my view, the scenes have been carefully executed to exclude any unnecessary sex & nudity, although being set in a brothel, some such scenes are to be expected, and there is a fair amount of violence, which many would find distressing. Costumes and sets are extremely good, the acting is brilliant, and the storyline is gripping. I watched this whole series with my husband, and we had no idea how the storyline would unfold. Then I ordered series 2, as we've just got to find out what happens next. The series is in French, with English subtitles. My French is not wonderful, but the diction is good, and I was able to follow much of the dialogue.