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Princesas (Princesses) (2005)



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This moving portrait of two young prostitutes plying their trade in Madrid is highlighted by stellar performances by Candela Pena and Micaela Nevárez as the working girls. Pena plays a local woman whose line of work is a secret to her respectable family, while Nevárez is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who wants to make enough money to go back home to visit her young son. Produced, written and directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa. Mariana Cordero, Llum Barrera, Monica Van Campen.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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Jesús Noguero
as Restaurant Patron
Carlos Bardem
as Disco Doorman
José Juan
as Dominican
Javier Tolosa
as Airport Policeman
Liuva Toledo
as Chanel Girl
Diego Molero
as Manuel's Companion
Satur Barrios
as Pharmacist
Trinidad Iglesias
as Pharmacy Customer
as Bar Owner
José Ramón Pardo
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
Top Critic

Aranoa sketches a melancholy based on accurate human observation.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer


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

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer


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

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Princesas (Princesses) Quotes

Caye: And if you self-reject, the sooner the better, right?
Caye: We exist because someone thinks about us, not vice versa.
– Submitted by De E (3 years ago)

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