Princesas (Princesses) (2005)



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A middle-class prostitute strikes up an unlikely friendship with an immigrant streetwalker from the Dominican Republic in director Fernando León de Aranoa's compassionate, humanistic drama. Caye comes from a middle-class background, and her parents remain blissfully unaware of the means by which their daughter earns her keep. While many of Caye's days are spent hanging out with her fellow prostitutes cursing the rapid proliferation of cheaper immigrant prostitutes on the city streets, a chance … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Fernando León de Aranoa
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On DVD: Mar 27, 2007
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as Gloria

as Restaurant Patron

as Disco Doorman

as Dominican

as Airport Policeman

as Chanel Girl

as Manuel's Companion

as Pharmacist

as Pharmacy Customer

as Bar Owner

as Zulema's Client
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Critic Reviews for Princesas (Princesses)

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14)

Compelling, frequently funny and, commendably, resists wrapping things up sentimentally. Nice Manu Chao soundtrack, too.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
Time Out
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Aranoa sketches a melancholy based on accurate human observation.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Denver Post
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While Princesas offers sensitive and beautifully wrought performances by its two leads (Candela Pena and Micaela Nevarez, who each won Goya Awards), the film offers little new in way of substance or theme.

September 7, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa embraces a pair of Madrid streetwalkers with such affection and compassion that their story, even though prostitutes are a staple of the movies, actually seems fresh and distinctive.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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Aranoa's film is a small miracle of controlled empathy.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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Fernando Leon de Aranoa confirms his Loach-like ability to convert marginalized subjects into socially committed cinema.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Princesas (Princesses)

Good movie. Fairly realistic, (or appeared to be), portrayal of prostitution. I liked the ending and the sense of hope for the main character instead of the usual, wound up dead or may as well be. The other lead character did not fare quite as well, but that's where the realism comes into it, and at least it wasn't all bleak for her. (Not that I mind bleak as that is how things are, but this was a refreshing change).

Nicki Marie

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Mixes styles with reasonable success and Pena gives a believable nuanced performance but some of her flights of fancy are a little contrived.

Gordon A

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A quite good moving and sobering tale of two young prostitutes in Madrid. Powerful and poignant. And bloody hot of Spanish prostitutes.

Dean McKenna

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