Whores' Glory (2012)
Whores' Glory (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Whores' Glory
"Whores' Glory" takes a deadpan, nonjudgmental approach, which generally works well, even if the fly-on-the-wall technique makes clear that what attracts flies usually stinks.
Glawogger has the good sense mostly to stay out of the way and let the material speak for itself.
To experience it is to be haunted by the bleakness and ugliness of prostitution, the hopeless trap of it, and the defeat of love that it represents.
A daring, novelistic and unforgettable account of the real lives of female prostitutes in three very different countries and social contexts.
Austrian documentarian Michael Glawogger takes his cameras to three red-light districts around the world, and finds life is miserable for the women who work in the world's oldest profession - and for the men who pay cash for sex.
[A] quietly powerful but dispiriting documentary, which compares the world's oldest profession as practiced from place to place.
Audience Reviews for Whores' Glory
in between the interesting and usual information a movie like this gives it diverges into artsy music driven montages to give us a feel for the settings. I would have much preferred the doc to be less of a cinematographers showoff reel. Still there is a good amount of interesting stuff, a sometimes depressing view into a surprisingly common piece of other cultures.
This film is probably one of the grittiest, glaringly horrific, and offensive documentaries to deal with the world of sex workers, worldwide. The subjects depicted in these three thirld world countries are open and opininated about their work and the sexual politics associated with their profession. It's so painfully aware of its own degradation and accuracy, shot beautifully and yet so ugly in its content. Director Michael Glawogger travelled to Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico to examine the attitudes of its citizens in regards to how women are treated as commodities. The women see their profession as an ends to a mean, and their only hope, while men see them as objects, and the interchangeable dialogue between the two reflects a dissonance of opinion on the subject of gender politics. The use of music, cinematography, and interviews interspersed between the action, really detail the inhumane conditions of the sex industry and the horrible standards set by a begrudging society.
It may be that the most morally significant movies are also the ones that raise the most ethically troubling questions about their creation. Michael Glawogger's triptych-portrait of prostitution in three different countries doesn't pull punches and retains a journalistic objectivity that, coupled with a dash of visual poetry, makes for a tone both incredibly complicated and quietly compassionate, as hard to watch as it is hypnotic. Glawogger's willingness to use his camera to show us things we don't want to see, along with with his resistance towards editorializing, results in a depiction of third-world prostitution that feels as close to comprehensive as any two hours could ever be. Sobering, sad, strange, unexpectedly sweet at times, "Whores' Glory" is a major achievement in documentary film.
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