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A very good period drama, set in a French brothel in 1872.
on 29 March 2016
I really enjoyed this French TV series (with English sub-titles). I watched it on Blu-ray, and the picture and sound quality is excellent.
This series is about a group of women who live and work in a brothel in Paris in 1872, in the months following the Paris Commune. So the city is in turmoil, and the government is maintaining order through a show of force. This involves an effort to keep 'moral order' - and, in turn, this impacts upon the control of prostitution.
We see how these women live, and the effect working as a prostitute has upon them. It is, in many ways, an ensemble piece - with several cast members having lead roles. Nonetheless, there are two women - one in her late teens, one in her late thirties - who take centre stage in the story-arc. The elder woman is doin all she can to leave her job as a prostitute, but finds this impossible. The younger woman finds herself forced into prostitution, and she suffers greatly as she attempts to resist what is happening to her.
This is a period drama, and it works brilliantly. Oddly, contemporary music is played - but this does, somehow, benefit the show.
All in all, an excellent TV series. It was followed by a second season.