Whores' Glory (2012)
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Whores' Glory, the third film in Michael Glawogger's globalization trilogy (following Megacities, Workingman's Death), is an explicit and unflinching exposé of global prostitution. Glawogger's latest larger-than-life documentary is an audacious, non-judgmental study of sexuality, politics, human behavior and the effects of capital and religion on both women and men from starkly different cultures. -- (C) Kino Lorber
Apr 27, 2012 Limited
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"Whores' Glory" takes a deadpan, nonjudgmental approach, which generally works well, even if the fly-on-the-wall technique makes clear that what attracts flies usually stinks.
Glawogger has the good sense mostly to stay out of the way and let the material speak for itself.
To experience it is to be haunted by the bleakness and ugliness of prostitution, the hopeless trap of it, and the defeat of love that it represents.
A daring, novelistic and unforgettable account of the real lives of female prostitutes in three very different countries and social contexts.
Austrian documentarian Michael Glawogger takes his cameras to three red-light districts around the world, and finds life is miserable for the women who work in the world's oldest profession - and for the men who pay cash for sex.
[A] quietly powerful but dispiriting documentary, which compares the world's oldest profession as practiced from place to place.
Glawogger works hard at being objective and dispassionate and unsentimental, but he's clearly on the side of the working girls, and horrified by their salivating johns.
The hopelessness of (the prostitute's) situation sometimes infests Glawogger's film, making it all seem pointlessly depressing at times, but it is a powerful work nevertheless.
We pass through the eye of the needle and learn how the world works, for better or worse.
Whatever qualms there may be, it's never less than compelling: entirely atmospheric, vulgar, and boundary bursting.
The film's break from the usual earnest, stat-filled exposé is a large part of its appeal, and Glawogger's attention to color and composition don't diminish the quality of the testimony or dip into raw exploitation.
While the director does make overtures in the wrong directions, he usually seems to know where to steer his material.
A boundary-breaking documentary about the world's oldest profession as seen in three cities.
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