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Whores' Glory (2012)

Whores' Glory (2012)

Whores' Glory



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Whores' Glory, the third film in Michael Glawogger's globalization trilogy (following Megacities, Workingman's Death), is an explicit and unflinching exposť of global prostitution. Glawogger's latest larger-than-life documentary is an audacious, non-judgmental study of sexuality, politics, human behavior and the effects of capital and religion on both women and men from starkly different cultures. -- (C) Kino Lorbermore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Glawogger
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On DVD: Jan 8, 2013
Box Office: $31.3k
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Critic Reviews for Whores' Glory

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

"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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Glawogger has the good sense mostly to stay out of the way and let the material speak for itself.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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A daring, novelistic and unforgettable account of the real lives of female prostitutes in three very different countries and social contexts.

Full Review… | April 28, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
New York Post
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[A] quietly powerful but dispiriting documentary, which compares the world's oldest profession as practiced from place to place.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Whores' Glory

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

This movie strives and succeeds to do nothing more than give us complete, unrequited intimacy with female prostitutes of Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico, none of whom wanted their names on the film. It's remarkable how candid and comfortable everyone is with the camera present. There is no verbal narrative from Director Glawogger, only the women and their customers, but Glawogger complements their stories with a delicate soundtrack and camera angles full of information, sensation, and introspection. There are no judgements explicitly placed here, nor are there any motions of activism. The film invites the viewer to think for themselves about the whys and the hows of economics, society, culture, and the instinctual drive for both sex and survival. In one scene, a young, soft spoken Bangladeshi who looked as if she knew her life is already written on the wall, broke a silence, "We women are actually very unhappy creatures. It is very hard to survive as a woman . . . Why do women suffer this much? Isn't there another path for us?" She paused. "Is there a path at all? . . . Who can truly answer this question?" Who, indeed.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

There's no plot and no thesis. They just follow a bunch of prostitutes in Thailand India and Mexico to show you how terrible their lives are. I think I could have guessed that. I didn't assume that many of them chose their careers freely. I mean maybe they were going for shock value. It's hard to watch. Took me three sittings to finish. Thailand was interesting but India was just depressing and Mexico was like a bunch of fat old women who barely live in reality.

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