Filmmaker Pola Rapaport's interest in the erotic novel Histoire d'O
, first published in France in 1954, began when she was a teenager, furtively sneaking glimpses at her older sister's copy of the notorious dirty book. In 1994, the identity of the writer behind the pseudonym "Pauline Reage" was revealed in a New Yorker
article: She was 87-year-old Dominique Aury, a longtime employee of the respectable French publishing house Editions Gallimard. Fascinated, Rapaport set out to meet and learn more about the woman whose writing had so enthralled her. Her slim but informative documentary combines interviews, archival footage and elegantly lurid enactments o...