Princess (2006)




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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 what he sees as a mission. It quickly escalates in a spate of violence.
NR (pornographic scenes, do not activate)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Princess

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Sure, the rage is palpable in every cell, but poise and rational thinking are sadly lacking.

Full Review… | October 18, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

A distasteful sum total.

Full Review… | May 18, 2006
Top Critic

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.

May 18, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's very controlled and deliberate and gives the illusion that it has something to say, but its point is a bit unclear.

Full Review… | October 10, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

...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.

Full Review… | October 3, 2009
Reeling Reviews

...Morgenthaler shows influences from Miyazaki to cinematic action/adventure films. "Princess" is a real disturbing dazzler.

Full Review… | September 28, 2009
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for Princess


Princess is definitely not your average animated movie, and it's not your average revenge flick either. The animation style is somewhat simplistic but it works. More jarring are the flashbacks that are presented in actual film- not animated segments- and in certain cases this proves quite effective and unsettling. I found much of the film to be excellent; August and Mia's interaction, and the damage inflicted on them by what has happened feel very real. It's a cut above the recent revenge cinema that's come out in the US (The Brave One, Death Sentence). My only issue with the film is that it seemed to come apart at the end. I won't go into specifics, but while I didn't expect or even hope for a happy ending, the ending that I got just seemed contrived and inept. It didn't seem to fit with the rest of the film. Disturbing, violent, and sad. Princess has content which makes it tough to recommend to most viewers.

Lurple J.
Lurple J.

Audacious, original mix of live action and anime to tell a disturbing tale of corrupted youth.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer


Brilliant! Reminiscent of Bakshi's early work, this is one great vigilante film. The animation really works, adding a cartoony feel to a very grim and disturbing story. Choosing the "villain" to be the porn industry was another stroke of genius. If this doesn't make you feel a tad guilty the next time you decide to surf the net for that "special occasion" nothing will. Great stuff.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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