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When his sister dies, 32-year-old August returns home, abandoning his profession as a missionary priest. His dear sister Christina, known as Princess, was a famous porno film star who went from fame to decline. She has died after years of drug abuse. She leaves a daughter of five, Mia, whom August feels duty-bound to care for. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt, August decides to avenge Christina's death by destroying all the pornographic material in which she appeared. He takes the little girl on
May 18, 2006 Wide
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Sure, the rage is palpable in every cell, but poise and rational thinking are sadly lacking.
Morgenthaler views this business not only as a monstrously abusive exploitation of people and their bodies, but the height of anti-eroticism and anti-art that demands a complete emotional disconnect between viewer and performer.
It's very controlled and deliberate and gives the illusion that it has something to say, but its point is a bit unclear.
...a somber, sad and, in the end, hopeful animation that is a kindred spirit to such Japanese anime as Tokyo Godfathers in look, if not feel.
...Morgenthaler shows influences from Miyazaki to cinematic action/adventure films. "Princess" is a real disturbing dazzler.
Princess remains technically brilliant and never less than compelling, albeit in a queasy, troubling fashion. Its images rattle in the memory like unclean ghosts.
Although morally ambiguous, with a message that is at best confused, this is a striking debut from a talented director.
A unique and memorable film, as much for its Danish animated approach to a vigilante vengeance as for its messed-up morality.
Princess is rarely a dull watch, but it doesn't pack enough of an emotional punch.
Watch Princess for this smart channelling of exploitation movie energy rather than the heavy-handed sermonising. And for an intelligent and sober look at porn, re-watch Boogie Nights.
A few decent ideas can't cover the fact this has been done a thousand times before.
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