Princesas (Princesses)
Princesas (Princesses) (2005)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 23, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Funnell
Time Out

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

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Cath Clarke

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.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

Aranoa sketches a melancholy based on accurate human observation.

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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

Aranoa's film is a small miracle of controlled empathy.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Jonathan Holland

Fernando Leon de Aranoa confirms his Loach-like ability to convert marginalized subjects into socially committed cinema.

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Holly Grigg-Spall

Princesas is heartwarming and sporadically surprising, bolstered by beautifully measured performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
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… More
Steve Strange
Boring! But well made if you want to know about the trials and tribulations of Spanish hookers.
Gordon Anderson
Mixes styles with reasonable success and Pena gives a believable nuanced performance but some of her flights of fancy are a little contrived.
Daisy Maduro
This is a very well written movie based on reality. Actor's performances are great. I like the movie because is a drama of an immigrant whom driven by the… More
Dean McKenna
A quite good moving and sobering tale of two young prostitutes in Madrid. Powerful and poignant. And bloody hot of Spanish prostitutes.
John Me
An interesting drama that portrait the lives of immigrant women who are forced by the bad economic situation of their respective countries, to leave their… More