A BAFTA-nominated Julie Walters (Billy Elliot Educating Rita Calendar Girls) stars as suburban brothel Madame Christine Painter with some highly unusual clients. Inspired by the real experiences of the legendary Cynthia Payne Personal Services directed by terry Jones (Monty Python) is a revealing hilarious and uproarious account of Christine's adventures as she climbs the ladder to fame and notoriety. British law sets out to ruin the discreet fun and games.
Julie Waters steals the film with her performance, and a superb script that hold many gems for the viewer. It captures a rare mix of comedy with personal emotion and sensitivity. The viewer truly feels like a "fly on the wall" into a secret, forbidden world of sin and debauchery.
The film is superb in its ordinariness in the portrayal of sexual diversity and is only slightly let down by the underlying thread for her wish of a "real man" and "normal" life.
It is worth seeing for the Judge being spanked and the "lesbian" barrister alone. However, keep and eye on Dolly too, she holds another secret!
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A waitress (Julie Walters), tired of not being able to make ends meet, starts to oversee the activities of the prostitutes to whom she sublets bedsits and is soon a fully fledged madame, running a brothel that caters mostly to middle-aged men with kinky requirements. Based loosely on notorious Cynthia Payne (aka 'Madame Cyn') whose respectable clients could pay using luncheon vouchers.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. A seemingly conservative woman and her clientele of kinky connoisseurs become daily tabloid sensations when it's discovered that her suburban brothel caters to some of Great Britain's elite. Members of Parliament, diplomats, judges, bankers, and even men of the cloth are all caught with their pants down in England's scandal of the decade.