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Unfolding like a serialized 19th century French naturalist novel, this uncompromising series follows a cast of gorgeous women trapped by circumstances beyond their control in the luxury brothel 'Paradise'. Considered a first class closed house reserved for aristocratic or bourgeois clientele and noted for strange and refined practices during a time when prostitution was legalized, Paradise is populated by a fascinating cast of characters, each of whom struggles to find escape and solace in their own way.
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THIS JANUARY, FOLLOWING THEIR RELEASE OF THE INTERNATIONAL EMMY(R) AWARD-WINNER "THE RETURNED", MUSIC BOX FILMS DELIVERS ANOTHER ACCLAIMED
AND ATMOSPHERIC TV IMPORT MAKING ITS
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Maison Close: Season 1
Set in a Lavish 19th Century Parisian Bordello, the Edgy, Provocative
and Ratings-Busting Canal Plus+ Series Arrives in the U.S. on January 27,
Available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD
Maison Close: Season One Trailer
Chicago, IL (December 4, 2014) - This January, Music Box Films invites U.S. home audiences into the heart of an exclusive 19th century bordello with Maison Close: Season 1. Sumptuous, stylized and finely crafted, this "racy new French thriller", a dark exploration of desire and power, re-imagines age-old themes -- and the world's oldest profession - in revolutionary ways. Lauded by the New York Times as an example of a new wave of French television that is "fresh and unexpected", SEASON ONE will be available as a 2-disc Blu-ray set ($39.95srp), 3-disc DVD set ($34.95srp) and on VOD on January 27, 2015.
Maison Close is the newest addition to Music Box's slate of cinema-quality foreign television acquisitions, which includes the distributor's last three International Emmy(R) Award-Winners for Best TV Movie/Miniseries or Series - GENERATION WAR in 2014, THE RETURNED in 2013 and MILLENNIUM in 2011. Other critically acclaimed releases include Sweden's WALLANDER and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's mini-series PENANCE.
Set in Paris in 1871, right after the suppression of la Commune, a workers' revolutionary movement that briefly took power, Maison Close follows a cast of gorgeous women trapped by circumstances beyond their control in the luxury brothel 'Paradise'. Considered a first class "closed house" reserved for aristocratic or bourgeois clientele and noted for strange and refined practices during a time when prostitution was legalized, Paradise is populated by a fascinating cast of characters, each of whom struggles to find escape and solace in their own way. Hortense (Valerie Karsenti), is the manipulative and, in turn, manipulated mistress of the Paradise who runs her business with iron hand; Vera(Anne Charrier), the star of the bordello, is a beautiful courtesan in her thirties whose career is nearing its end; and, Rose (Jemima West, Mortal Bones: The City of Instruments), the heroine, is a country ingenue raised by nuns who goes to the Paradise searching for her mother, only to be blackmailed into becoming a prostitute.
Unfolding like a serialized 19th century French naturalist novel, this uncompromising series, produced by Jacques Ouaniche at Noe Productions International for Canal Plus+, is the perfect mix of style and substance, a richly compelling period drama with unmistakably modern sensibilities.
The Blu-ray and DVD sets of Maison Close: Season 1 include all eight unrated and uncut 55-minute episodes from the series' first acclaimed season. Also included is a collector's book featuring photos and essays.
About Music Box Films
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films is a leading distributor of international, American independent and documentary features in North America along with the best in international television.
Releases in 2014 included Roger Michell's LE WEEK-END, written by Hanif Kureishi and starring Jim Broadbent; the Emmy Award winning French-language series "The Returned"; Pawel Pawlikowski's IDA, winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Film and the official Polish submission to the Academy Awards(R); and the Sundance Audience Award-winning documentaries THE GREEN PRINCE and WATCHERS OF THE SKY.
Upcoming releases include Dominik Graf's BELOVED SISTERS, Germany's official submission to the Academy Awards(R), and Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz's GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, Israel's official submission to the Academy Awards(R).
Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation, which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago's premiere venue for independent and foreign films.
Maison Close: Season 1
Catalog #: MBFHE-084/MBFHE-084
Running Time: 440 mins.
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Audio: (BD) French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio/(DVD) French 5.1 Dolby Digital
Language: French w/English Subtitles
 The Observer (UK)
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December 28, 2014, 10:53 am - PR