12 year old Violet lives in a brothel with her mother, Hattie, in Storyille, the red-light district of New Orleans. The year is 1917, a few months away from the outlawing of prostitution and the end of Storyville. When her mother leaves the brothel to start a respectable life, Violet remains and allows her virginity to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. She finds herself drawn to a photographer, Bellocq, who is taking portraits of Storyville prostitutes. Realising that she is love, the young Violet declares her intention to marry Bellocq… –Films de France
Louis Malle (born October 30, 1932, Thumeries, France—died November 23, 1995, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.) French motion-picture director whose eclectic films were noted for their emotional realism and stylistic simplicity.
Malle’s wealthy family resisted his early interest in film but allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris in 1950. After studying at the institute, he worked as an assistant to filmmaker Robert Bresson and codirected the documentary Le Monde du silence (1956; The Silent World) with underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Malle’s first feature film, Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1957; Frantic), was a psychological thriller. His second, Les Amants (1958; The Lovers), was a commercial success and established Malle and its star, Jeanne Moreau, in the film industry. The film’s lyrical love scenes, tracked with exquisite timing, exhibit Malle’s typically bold and uninhibited treatment of sensual themes. Social alienation… read more
beautifully shot by nykvist, wonderful jelly roll mortonesque music as well. well done overall but there is definitely a squirm factor with this one and some may find it hard to watch....
A gorgeous and convincing period piece production, and far from the languid tale that some have berated it as being. The controversy surrounding the film is understandable enough, but even then I don’t feel it's exploitative at all; rather, it authentically delves into and even subtly questions the morals surrounding its subject matter, adeptly and earnestly.