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Fernanda (Ingrid de Souza) is a transgendered youth who was born and raised in a small town in Brazil; though born a male, Fernanda chooses to live life as a woman, and has pulled up stakes to move to Italy and obtain sexual reassignment surgery. Fernanda discovers that Milan is one of the world's centers for transvestite prostitutes, and despite the religious scruples she was born with, Fernanda is soon nudged into a career as a sex worker. Fernanda is befriended by Charlo (Biba Lerhue), an old
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Fernanda's trials and lessons are ticked off with a brisk, businesslike air that leaves little time for emotional and character development.
[L]ed by the wooden, unattractive Ingrid de Souza as Fernanda, the film has no place to go but down.
Squanders a colorful setting and characters with uninspired acting and direction.
Fernanda's life unfolds with discretion, compassion and humor under the sensitive yet lively direction of Goldman.
A sympathetic look at what it's like to be a Brazilian transsexual prostitute working in Milan.
Manages to tell its story (based on a real character) with great sensitivity.
With its warm humour and gritty realism, it's like a combination of the two extremes in the prostitute genre: Nights of Cabiria meets Pretty Woman!
Whatever [Fernanda] was like, this movie is a fantastic tribute to her.
It's all quite the soap opera, made all the more melodramatic because it's a quasi-true story.
Never really convinces.
Princesa, like its heroine, is not at all what it seems at first. For its immediately straightforward melodramatics leave in the film's wake a haunting afterglow of a life not easily resolved by a screenplay's third act.
The film suffers from a 'based-on-a- true-story' tag, and it not only polishes up the truth but also crushes everything down to soap-opera melodrama.
Up until its oddly flat ending, Princesa is an honest depiction of the way dreams can backfire.
[Goldman] tells Princesa's story with admirable simplicity, carefully skirting away from any easy sentimentality or victimization.
Deliberately non-gritty but still humane and loving in its depiction of people who don't fit into traditional categories of male/female and whore/john.
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