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Princesas (Princesses)2005

Princesas (Princesses) (2005)



Critic Consensus: What Princesas lacks in unique insight into its subject matter, it more than makes up in its sensitive, empathetic portrayal of women engaged in the world's oldest profession.

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This moving portrait of two young prostitutes plying their trade in Madrid is highlighted by stellar performances by Candela Pena and Micaela Nevárez as the working girls. Pena plays a local woman whose line of work is a secret to her respectable family, while Nevárez is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who wants to make enough money to go back home to visit her young son. Produced, written and directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa. Mariana Cordero, Llum Barrera, Monica Van Campen.

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Enrique Villén
as Bar Owner
Jesús Noguero
as Restaurant Patron
Carlos Bardem
as Disco Doorman
José Juan
as Dominican
Javier Tolosa
as Airport Policeman
Liuva Toledo
as Chanel Girl
Diego Molero
as Manuel's Companion
Satur Barrios
as Pharmacist
Trinidad Iglesias
as Pharmacy Customer
as Bar Owner
José Ramón Pardo
as Zulema's Client
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Critic Reviews for Princesas (Princesses)

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16)

With not a pimp in sight, no mention of people-trafficking, and a single token drug-addict, this Spanish prostitution drama is serenely old-fashioned.

December 28, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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The film has inspirational messages about the rewards of multicultural integration, but its tacit approval of prostitution as a rewarding career choice seems a bit peculiar.

December 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Compelling, frequently funny and, commendably, resists wrapping things up sentimentally. Nice Manu Chao soundtrack, too.

December 28, 2007 | Full Review…

Despite the difficult subject matter, there is colour and energy to the storytelling that betrays a diehard optimism and is vaguely reminiscent of Pedro Almodovar's films. Aranoa keeps a loose, fluid feel to the action and ups the tempo with music.

December 25, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Aranoa sketches a melancholy based on accurate human observation.

October 27, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While Princesas offers sensitive and beautifully wrought performances by its two leads (Candela Pena and Micaela Nevarez, who each won Goya Awards), the film offers little new in way of substance or theme.

September 7, 2006

Audience Reviews for Princesas (Princesses)


Boring! But well made if you want to know about the trials and tribulations of Spanish hookers.

Steve Strange
Steve Strange

Super Reviewer

Good movie. Fairly realistic, (or appeared to be), portrayal of prostitution. I liked the ending and the sense of hope for the main character instead of the usual, wound up dead or may as well be. The other lead character did not fare quite as well, but that's where the realism comes into it, and at least it wasn't all bleak for her. (Not that I mind bleak as that is how things are, but this was a refreshing change).

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Mixes styles with reasonable success and Pena gives a believable nuanced performance but some of her flights of fancy are a little contrived.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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