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En la Puta Vida (Tricky Life)

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  • Actors: Mariana Santángelo, Silvestre, Josep Linuesa, Andrea Fantoni, Rodrigo Speranza
  • Directors: Beatriz Flores Silva
  • Writers: Beatriz Flores Silva, János Kovácsi, María Urruzola
  • Producers: Beatriz Flores Silva, Andrés Senna, Camilo Vives, Eddy De Wilde
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Venevision
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KL4EK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "En la Puta Vida (Tricky Life)" on IMDb

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126 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2004
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EN LA PUTA VIDA is a very well made, polished, intelligent film from Uruguay that begins as what seems to be a comedy and develops into a provocative drama - much the way events in life mimic such changes. Director and co-writer Beatriz Flores Silva knows her way around tough subject matter and is able to bring out sterling performances by a very fine cast.

Elisa (the very beautiful and talented Marianna Santangelo) is a hairdresser with two children, born of different fathers, who lives with her mother while trying to convince her latest paramour Garcia (Augusto Mazzarelli) to leave his wife and marry her. She dreams of having her own Salon in the rich district of Montevideo and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. When her life falls apart and she is desperate to make enough money to open her Salon, she is invited into the world of fast money (prostitution) by her best friend Lulu (Andrea Fantoni), and enters the tutelage of Madame Dona Jacqueline (a terrific cameo by Graciela Esuder!). In her new role Elisa encounters the handsome but wily Placido (played by Silvestre) who invites her to bed and to Barcelona, Spain with promises that she will make so much money that she not only will be able to send money back to her children, but also have more than enough to open her Salon in the fanciest part of her native Montevideo. Elisa and Lulu join other prostitutes in this promise of wealth and fly to Barcelona - and unexpected white slavery. There she works her corner but is in the presence of a gang of Brazilian transvestites controlled by a mob.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Cobe VINE VOICE on August 7, 2004
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Direction, acting, music, photography, everything in this uruguayan movie works together to conform a little work of art. Beautiful and modern interpretations of Uruguayan tango as background music, very good actors and excellent photography with plenty of close-ups. I highly recommend it, regardless of whether the subject interests you. If you appreciate good cinema, go for it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2010
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This is not only a very enjoyable movie to watch, but it serves to draw attention to the plight of women who are practically forced into prostitution because of not enough jobs for women, particularly in countries like Spain, Brazil, Buenos Aries, and Uruguay, and then have to endure the harrassment and corruption of politicians and law enforcement. This movie was made in 2004, and is the only full movie that
the star Mariana Santangelo has made to date for full distribution. She was just 29 years old when making this movie and is a natural for the screen that loves her. She is a woman of awesome beauty and talent who could and/or should have been a major movie actress, including in America. She gives a stellar performance as a young woman trying to provide for her two sons after her husband has run out on her. She maintains a light heartedness as she struggles to cope with her situation. She meets a man whom she thinks is a businessman but is nothing more than a user of women who manages female prostitutes in both Barcelona, Spain and Uruguay. Throughout the movie she evolves into a better and wiser woman from her experiences, and in the end finds happiness with the least likely of men, a handsome immigration investigator who helps put her back on the right path, and has fallen in love with her in the process while also enjoying taking care of her two young boys also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ABC_Easy_As_123 on June 2, 2011
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I will not summarize the story as other reviewers have already done a good job with that already. But I will add my own two cents here:

I was almost inclined to give this movie five stars. But because of the nature of the film (dealing with prostitution/slavery)I found that much of the story was sugar coated or that it tried to make light of serious matters. Apparently it is based on a true story? Toward the end we are told that we do not know where Elisa or her children are. But the end of the movie (before this last bit of information is provided) shows her, playing with her children and her "savior" the officer from Barcelona as if to imply a happy ending.

Toward the beginning of the movie it almost appears as if prostitution is to be perceived as glamorous and we are funneled with ongoing humor while Elisa and her friends are tirelessly turning tricks one after the other. Elisa has a firecracker personality and mouths off but does not ever seem to get herself into trouble (which also seemed unrealistic) for her overly sassy rantings.

Although there was some violence (a very real and possible threat in prostitution/enslavement), there was never any mention of STD's or HIV/AIDS and only a very light mention of narcotics. These are aspects that are heavily intertwined with prostitution which this movie did not cover.

The reason why I give this movie three stars is because it sends mixed messages. It appears as though the movie was based on fact, but the movie is filled with humor and then too many sugarcoated scenes such as being saved by a Catalonian officer who flies back to South America (honestly, as if this sort of thing happens in real life)to prevent her arrest.
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