"You know how it goes. Contempt has always followed possession. To spend your life with someone, you don't need lust-- which is quickly extinguished-- but a harmony of minds, temperaments, and humor."
In short, Max Ophül's Le plaisir is a film about debauchery and hedonism in late 19th century France that is split into three parts. This is no The Earrings of Madame de..., as that film is near flawless, and Le plaisir has some definite flaws. The main flaw is that the story that is the least interesting of the three has the longest screen time. The vignette about the whorehouse was nowhere near as captivating as the one about the old man in the mask nor was it as gripping as the one about the artist and his model, yet the latter vignettes had only about ten to fifteen minutes of screen time while the whorehouse one was about an hour long!