In 1917, in the red light district of Storyville, New Orleans, prostitute Hattie (Susan Sarandon) lives with her twelve-year-old daughter Violet (Brooke Shields) in the fancy brothel of Madame Nell, where she works.
Photographer Ernest J. Bellocq (Keith Carradine) is an habitué of the whorehouse and develops an attraction to Hattie and Violet.
One day, Madame Nell auctions Violet’s virginity and the winner pays the fortune of US$ 400 to spend the night with the girl.
Then Hattie marries a wealthy client and moves to Saint Louis, leaving Violet in the brothel alone.
The controversial film’s most shocking moment was a nude scene of 12-year-old Shields, which was cut from many releases.
Pat Pierre Perkins
Von Eric Thomas
Violet’s First Customer