Slovenian Girl (A Call Girl) (2009)
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This Slovenian film directed by Damjan Kozole premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009 and it was released theatrically in more than 30 countries (in US under the title A Call Girl). It is worth watching this fascinating study of the individual and of the society in which so much has changed in a short time. The story of Aleksandra, a twenty-three-year-old Slovenian who leads a double life (she is a respectable student and a call girl) was not just possible but very probable. Young stars Nina Ivanishin was mesmerizing in her role and simply everything she did was right - acting was on the most powerful level even with the antiheroine role like this. It was exciting to watch her in a movie that seems to value character over plot, and substance over style! Thanks to Nina, the film is a "must see". If you forgot how an elegantly written script that creates real three-dimensional characters delivers - here is your chance to be educated! Damjan Kozole's character study creates a distinctive mood that is hard to get rid off while hauntingly meditating on capitalism and the world's oldest profession. Don't miss this one!
I don't think I ever saw a Slovenian movie before. Aside from that, there's really nothing great about this movie - the story isn't as interesting as it tries to be, and more importantly, the heroine is so unlikable and emotionally distant, I could not care less about her.
A student turns tricks on the side, hiding her profession from her father and the police. As a genre, a character study should have an interesting character, but it seems as though the filmmakers believe that Sasha profession alone makes her interesting. It doesn't. Compare Sasha to Elizabeth Shue's character, Sera, from Leaving Las Vegas When we're introduced to Sera, she takes pride in her work and her ability to transform herself; A Call Girl doesn't explore Sasha attitude regarding her work, but we can deduce that she looks at it with an insouciant shame. Sera has a cruel pimp who's eventually killed; Sasha has cruel would-be pimps, but the plotline gets dropped halfway through the film. Sera falls in love with the Nicholas Cage character; Sasha settles for some guy we see twice in the whole film, and their relationship history is reduced to "I wanted to ask you to the movies before." "Why didn't you?" "I don't know." Clearly, Sasha simply isn't developed, and the main conflict of the film, her money troubles, reduce the resolution to a math problem rather than a human problem. Overall, A Call Girl is how not to do a character study because it missed the important point: have a character worth studying.
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