Maison Close

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  • TV-MA
  • 2010
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.5  (566)

Maison Close is a French television drama series that aired on Canal+ from 2010 to 2013. The show is set in 1871 Paris and revolves around a luxurious brothel called "Paradise." Maison Close explores the lives of the women who work at the brothel and the people who frequent it.

At the heart of the show is the character of Véra, played by Anne Charrier. Véra is a beautiful and intelligent woman who works as a prostitute at Paradise. She is also the brothel's most popular and expensive courtesan, and it is through her eyes that we see the world of Maison Close.

The show takes a realistic and often gritty approach to depicting the lives of the women who work at Paradise. It portrays the harsh reality of their day-to-day existence, including the abusive and exploitative relationships they have with their clients and the constant threat of disease and violence.

Despite the challenging subject matter, Maison Close is a visually stunning show with impeccably detailed costumes and sets that transport the viewer back to 19th century Paris. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the darker side of French society during the belle époque, a time when extreme poverty and class divide created a thriving underworld of prostitution and vice.

Maison Close also explores the tensions and power struggles within the brothel itself. The women who work at Paradise must navigate a complex hierarchy of authority, with the madam, Hortense Gaillac (Valérie Karsenti), at the top. Hortense is a shrewd and calculating woman who will do whatever it takes to protect her business interests and maintain control over her employees.

Other notable characters include Rose (Jemima West), a young Englishwoman who is forced into prostitution to pay off her family's debts, and the handsome and mysterious Mosca (Nicholas Briançon), who is both a client and a potential ally to the women of Paradise.

Throughout its three seasons, Maison Close does an exceptional job of balancing the glamour and allure of the Parisian demimonde with the harsh realities of life for its inhabitants. It is at once a seductive and challenging show that asks the viewer to confront the uncomfortable truths about gender, power, and sexuality that lie at the heart of human society.

In conclusion, Maison Close is a must-watch show for anyone interested in French history, culture, or drama. With its complex characters, stunning visuals, and gripping storyline, this series has earned its place as one of the most compelling and engaging shows ever produced by Canal+.

Maison Close is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on October 4, 2010.

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Season 2, Episode 8
8. Season 2, Episode 8
February 25, 2013
Mosca plans a potentially lucrative robbery, but his world collapses around him as Rose makes a shock announcement and Kertel conspires against him. In French.
Season 2, Episode 7
7. Season 2, Episode 7
February 25, 2013
Mosca confronts Kertel after hearing that his business partner has gone behind his back and taken over several streets in the Paris suburb of Pigalle. With tensions fraught, friendships in tatters and the vice squad closing in - not to mention one of the girls being struck down with syphilis - the future of Le Paradis hangs in the balance.
Season 2, Episode 6
6. Season 2, Episode 6
February 18, 2013
In order to restore calm to the streets of Paris, Torcy proposes that Mosca protect the peace at The Paradise and beyond. Véra wants Jeanne to believe that she was born out of love, telling her that her father was killed in a duel.
Season 2, Episode 5
5. Season 2, Episode 5
February 18, 2013
The prefect reproaches Torcy for the increasing number of prostitutes in the streets, putting his head is on the chopping block. Not to be outdone by Mosca, the vicious master of the Pigalle streets, known as The Butcher, forces his way into The Paradise...
Season 2, Episode 4
4. Season 2, Episode 4
February 11, 2013
Despite being warned by Kertel, Mosca decides to keep the streetwalkers that were formerly under Corentin's charge "on the pavement." Valentine, dreaming of independence, is reunited with small-time criminal Rémy, who lures her into a trap. Véra decides to reveal everything to Jeanne...
Season 2, Episode 3
3. Season 2, Episode 3
February 11, 2013
Torcy comes to The Paradise to arrest Hortense. In exchange for her freedom, she agrees to work with the Moral Order. Meanwhile, Mosca takes interest in a group streetwalkers who are all alone after the death of their pimp, especially once he meets a procurer looking for girls to send to Buenos Aires...
Season 2, Episode 2
2. Season 2, Episode 2
February 4, 2013
Chief Commissioner Torcy is suspicious of Mosca's involvement in amajor burglary and sends Commissioner Angélus to The Paradise to make inquiries. Hortense, detesting Mosca's presence in her territory, makes a play to denounce him.
Season 2, Episode 1
1. Season 2, Episode 1
February 4, 2013
The residents of The Paradise are forced to cohabitate with a band of Parisian thugs with highly questionable morals. Facing grave financial difficulties, the brothel must also survive the rise to power of a royalist chief commissioner who marks the return of a Moral Order.
Where to Watch Maison Close
Maison Close is available for streaming on the Canal+ website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Maison Close on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Google Play.
  • Premiere Date
    October 4, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (566)