Thursday, May 14, 2009
This well made and thought provoking film explores the class struggles and hierarchies among Madrid's streetwalkers, as established strumpet Caye (Candela Pena) gradually becomes more involved in the hardscrabble life of the newly arrived and mysterious Zulema (Micaela Nevarez). Along the way, we are treated to revealing insights into the lives of prostitutes and how, in the minds of the women involved, it is not that different from more conventional careers.
The story is told through small and at times poignant details, such as the scene where Zulema sits on the curb amid a sea of prostitutes to have her brown-bag lunch, while Caye suffers through yet another Sunday family dinner with her upper-class mother and siblings. Considering the subject matter, Princesas has a surprisingly bright and cheerful look as DP Ramiro Civita strikes just the right balance of grit and glamour. And through the expressive eyes of Candela Pena we experience a new and intriguing world built around an old profession.
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