I saw a review of this movie last year on TV and it looked interesting, so I watched a Netflix rental of it last night. I have to say it wasn't what I expected - for a film about a bordello it's the least arousing movie imaginable - and yet it's extremely moving, beautifully photographed and designed, and well-acted. I won't say it's uplifting but it's certainly enlightening. The women's experience in, and attitude towards, their profession is presented in great detail. Their feelings towards their customers are mostly negative and one woman states she will never have sex again after leaving the bordello, which is understandable after watching the entire film. The women find affection only among themselves. I found the sequence in which one of the more experienced girls initiates a newcomer to be very interesting.
I'm not sure who I'd recommend this movie to, since I think many people might be put off by the subject matter (much like our friend who posted the one-star review) but I think it's a great achievement and deserves to be watched with an open mind and heart. It's difficult to watch at times and as one reviewer said, it's definitely in the "artsy" film category, but I found it extremely moving and I loved the performances of all the actresses playing the prostitutes. Check it out for yourself. If you are offended by nudity - full frontal, often, both sexes - probably best to steer clear, but if you appreciate a well-made, provocative, and thought-provoking movie, I really do recommend it. It's so beautiful to look at, and it will haunt you for days.