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Princesa (2001)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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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


Art House & International, Drama

Ellis Freeman

Oct 1, 2002

Strand Releasing

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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.

October 14, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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[L]ed by the wooden, unattractive Ingrid de Souza as Fernanda, the film has no place to go but down.

March 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Squanders a colorful setting and characters with uninspired acting and direction.

January 14, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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Fernanda's life unfolds with discretion, compassion and humor under the sensitive yet lively direction of Goldman.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A sympathetic look at what it's like to be a Brazilian transsexual prostitute working in Milan.

January 4, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Manages to tell its story (based on a real character) with great sensitivity.

December 7, 2001
New York Post
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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!

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Whatever [Fernanda] was like, this movie is a fantastic tribute to her.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's all quite the soap opera, made all the more melodramatic because it's a quasi-true story.

January 27, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Never really convinces.

January 10, 2002
Los Angeles Daily News

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.

January 10, 2002
New Times

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.

January 6, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Up until its oddly flat ending, Princesa is an honest depiction of the way dreams can backfire.

December 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Citysearch

[Goldman] tells Princesa's story with admirable simplicity, carefully skirting away from any easy sentimentality or victimization.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

December 7, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm

An honest, heartfelt melodrama.

December 6, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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