House of the Sleeping Beauties | 2008
A wealthy businessman in his late 60s, Edmond, is haunted by the death, many years before, of his wife and daughter in a car accident. On the advice of an old friend, Kogi, he visits a mysterious 'house' for older men. In this establishment it is possible to spend an entire night in bed with beautiful, sleeping girls. The girls have consented to be drugged and won't awaken, and the men will feel a certain comfort from their warm embrace and perhaps a feeling of a temporary escape from age. Madame, the 'managing director' of the establishment, is almost motherly, yet very tight lipped, in her interactions with Edmond, but also in how she speaks of the young ladies in her charge. More and more Edmond surrenders to the unconscious seduction, youth and unpredictable sensuality of the drugged young women. As he drifts in and out of associations and memories of his past, bizarre hallucinations drive Edmond to seek escape in the arms of a young girl. By accident, Edmond observes Madame as she supervises the removal of what appears to be a corpse packed in a bag, thrown into a car and secretly taken away. Nevertheless Edmond returns again to the 'House of the Sleeping Beauties,' pondering his morality, his desires, and the purpose of his life. As he does so, he begins to lose his tenuous grasp on reality.