The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela (2008)



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A naive but street-smart Filipina transsexual prostitute named Raquela decides to travel in order to find her prince charming. Like many ladyboys in the Philippines, Raquela dreams of marrying a man from the West. She spends much of her time on the internet looking for men who can come and rescue her. They promise to come and time after time Raquela gets stood up at the airport but never loses hope. Her life changes when, by luck, she lands a job as a webcam host on a porn site. The owner of the website, Michael, a "Ladyboy specialist" who runs his business from New York, promises to help Raquela. Through the internet, Raquela makes many interesting friends; among them is Valery in Iceland, who's looking to help someone like herself. Through her friends in the internet world, Raquela eventually gets her dream opportunity to travel far away on her quest to find the man of her dreams and to visit Paris.
R (for sexual content, language and some nudity)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Raquela Rios
as Raquela
Brax Villa
as Aubrey
Markus Kalberer
as Johnny K
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Critic Reviews for The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

A kind of postmodern, grown-up fairytale: a Cinderella story for the reality-TV age.

September 26, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

Raquela Rios is so passionately alive her film gets away with an open ending -- as it has everything else.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The amazing truth about Queen Raquela is that she's constructed from clichés.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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It's like being trapped in a roomful of teenage girls for 80 minutes.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Raquela's travel sequences are poorly structured, and detract from the film's most satisfying moments.

September 24, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

That hyperbolic title refers to Raquela's transsexual status, but otherwise, there's nothing all that amazing about this very specialized-interest, sometimes engaging but often frustrating faux-documentary.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Film Journal International

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