Who the Hell Is Juliette? (1997)

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This award-winning documentary from Mexican cinematographer Carlos Marcovich marked his debut as a director. While filming a video in Cuba starring model Fabiola Quiroz, Marcovich met and was struck by the brashness of a 16-year-old Havana jinetera (child prostitute) named Juliet Ortega whom Fabiola had befriended. Electing to direct a documentary about the girl, Marcovich embarked on a three-year odyssey of following the barrio dwelling orphan, contrasting her life with that of the glamorous Fabiola, who is at the opposite end of the class and economic spectrum. As Juliet's world is revealed, however, it develops that both she and Fabiola were abandoned by their fathers as children, and both have been deeply wounded by the experience. Marcovich then arranges a reunion with Juliet's father, an emgire now living in New Jersey, about whom Juliet has not been told the truth. Ultimately, Fabiola arranges for the beautiful Juliet to get a modeling interview in an effort to rescue her friend from the slums and streetwalking. Actress Salma Hayek, a heroine of Juliet's, appears in the film as herself.

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Critic Reviews for Who the Hell Is Juliette?

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This charming cross-cultural tale is the promising feature debut by a young Mexcian director.

Jul 25, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The film took nearly two years to complete, and it's amazing, in consideration of its subject and content, that the film has any coherence at all.

Apr 4, 2003 | Full Review…

An irreverent documentary about a childishly giggling and seductive 16-year-old prostitute living in the Havana barrio of San Miguel del Pradon.

Apr 21, 2002 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Es obvia la experiencia fotográfica del director: hay escenas grandiosas.

Aug 31, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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