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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 March 2016
This is the second season of the series, and it takes place about a year after the events of season one ended. Most of the same cast return, and the series continues to be about the goings-on at a brothel in Paris in the 1870's.

The series starts with the women who live and work at the brothel having taken over the running of things, and governing themselves. But events conspire against these women, so they find themselves having to have 'protection'. The men who enact this protection are a gang of criminals, and this second season closely follows the activities of this gang.

It's not as good as season one. The show, at this point, lacks originality and the storyline is weaker. Nonetheless, it's still a fascinating series, and I enjoyed watching how these women struggled to retain some control over their lives.

This Blu-ray offers excellent picture and sound quality. The show is in French (with English sub-titles).
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on 19 March 2017
Dark drama, dark passion, dark endings.

Yes, the closing of the tale did seem a little rushed as it neatened threads, but hey, as it is so certainly the story of fast action lifestyles, to be true to that reality, the story could only close with intriguing haste.

Acting superb, direction superb, production superb, script superb. Five Stars.
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on 15 April 2016
Series two starts slow but builds up brilliantly. The character development of the main cast is astonishing. The depths people would go to to meet their ends become clear in this series, especially Hortense. A brilliant programme, beautifully made. C'est tres chic.
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on 3 September 2016
Wow! This is the first french TV series I have watched. Having been blown away by the first season, I couldn't wait for the shenanigans in this season and to see who takes over the Paradis. Hortense(sp?) really grew at the beginning of this season - a time where the plot seemed to be moving quite slowly, yet just intriguing and visually stunning enough to continue. The middle of this series forwards was juicy, beautifully french and really showed the various "sides" with their teeth gritted and using every bit of intelligence and risk they had. I am so sad to see there's no Season three.
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on 5 May 2016
The beginning of the season starts out very well with the introduction of Mosca and his crew, a strong mix of identifiable characters with their own quirks. It is directed in the style that is synonymous with the first season for the first few episodes, then gives way to characters doing things that viewers would find out of character...

Towards the fifth episode the director takes a drastic change of style from a realistic insight into 19th century prostitution, to a Les Miserables blood-bath without taste or reason. There are too many themes explored and without a justifiable development of character.

I recommend the season, but only the first half.
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on 12 October 2016
For me, this series was much better than the first, I was glued to the screen from the get-go.
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on 3 June 2014
An absolutely superb drama ,'lost' because it's a foreign language with subtitles.
Do NOT be put off by this - it is brilliant (do not watch if at all prudish - it is set in a brothel and not much is left to the imagination) but the storylines, the acting, the suspense is amazing!! Cannot recommend this and season one enough. Puts some British and American dramas to shame!! Please watch season one first as some of the storylines will require the background
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on 14 November 2016
SO GOOD. Such a shame they didn't renew for a few more seasons...
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on 26 April 2014
Follows on from Series 1, but seems not QUITE as good as that first series. Acting is excellent, & costumes & sets are superb. Overall, very enjoyable.
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on 6 April 2016
could not stop watching the whole season
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