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Princesas (Princesses)
A middle-class prostitute strikes up an unlikely friendship with an immigrant streetwalker from the Dominican Republic in director Fernando León de Aranoa's compassionate, humanistic drama. Caye comes from a middle-class background, and her parents remain blissfully unaware of the means by which their daughter earns her keep. While many of Caye's days are spent hanging out with her fellow prostitutes cursing the rapid proliferation of cheaper immigrant prostitutes on the city streets, a chance encounter with Zule, who is just such a woman, soon prompts Caye to reevaluate her standards.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"Compelling, frequently funny and, commendably, resists wrapping things up sentimentally. Nice Manu Chao soundtrack, too."
‑ Nick Funnell, Time Out
"Writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa embraces a pair of Madrid streetwalkers with such affection and compassion that their story, even though prostitutes are a staple of the movies, actually seems fresh and distinctive."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"Impressively directed, emotionally engaging drama with terrific performances from Candela Pena and newcomer Micaela Nevárez."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"One of the very best films ever made about that most enduring of professions, prostitution."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Aranoa sketches a melancholy based on accurate human observation."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Aranoa's film is a small miracle of controlled empathy."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"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."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"The most engaging presentation from the perspective of an exploited, female underclass since the equally-evocative Maria, Full of Grace."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"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."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Fernando Leon de Aranoa confirms his Loach-like ability to convert marginalized subjects into socially committed cinema."
‑ Jonathan Holland, Variety
"Princesas is heartwarming and sporadically surprising, bolstered by beautifully measured performances."
‑ Holly Grigg-Spall, Film4
"Slow moving but generally interesting..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Una película entrañable y conmovedora sobre la amistad y la solidaridad entre dos mujeres, con dos estupendas actrices."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
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