Princesas (Princesses)


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.

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13)

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

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

Oct 27, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 7, 2006

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.

Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Aranoa's film is a small miracle of controlled empathy.

Aug 31, 2006 | Full Review…

Fernando Leon de Aranoa confirms his Loach-like ability to convert marginalized subjects into socially committed cinema.

Aug 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Princesas (Princesses)


Boring! But well made if you want to know about the trials and tribulations of Spanish hookers.

Steve Strange
Steve Strange

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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
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 Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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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
Dean McKenna

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