Maison Close: Season Two

With Valérie Karsenti, Anne Charrier, Jemima West

Set in a lavish 19th Century Parisian bordello, the provocative and popular French erotic drama Maison Close invites American audiences into a sumptuous, stylized world where desire and power reign. Following the tumultuous conclusion of Season 1, we return to the ladies of “Paradise” to find that times are tougher than ever, as the brothel faces both financial ruin, as the women navigate their hard-won independence, and an over-reaching local government enforcing a return to the Moral Order that threatens the house’s very existence. Seeking protection, Vera, Rose, and Hortense establish a new and dangerous alliance with Mesca, a local mobster, and his violent, greedy gang.


A film by Oliver Murray,
With Mel Brooks and Quincy Jones

Chronicles the life of saxophonist Ronnie Scott, a poor, Jewish kid growing up in 1940s East End, London who became the owner of the eponymous nightclub. Musical greats spanning decades played at Ronnie’s including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Chet Baker, and Jimi Hendrix, who played there the night of his death. Glorious clips bring to life this legendary jazz club and its charming yet tormented owner.

The Thorn in the Heart
A film by Michel Gondry

A personal look at the life of the Gondry family matriarch, Michel’s aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves. Michel examines Suzette’s years as a school teacher and her life in rural France. During the course of filming the documentary, Michel unearths new family stories and uses his camera to explore them in a subtle and sensitive way.