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The story revolves around an American living in Southeast Asia that runs unknown missions for what appears to be a friend/boss, played by Chris Penn. On one of his sojourns he has to spend some extra time in a slum/brothel neighborhood and happens to cross paths with Holly, a 12-year old girl being sold into the sex trade. Through the course of unlikely and uncomfortable events, they form a bond and Ron's character attempts to "save" her. Along the way we see a spattering of harsh visuals involving 5 year old boys and girls soliciting men for sex and landscapes of the impoverished region ebbing out an existence. There is not much depth given to the American/German characters and what they do and why, nor how they keep randomly meeting but I digress.
Udo Kier, Chris Penn and Ron all give standard performances but the obvious importance is about the story. The DVD has one docu associated with the filmmaking, one pertaining to the staff receiving an anti human trafficking award, and one excerpt from the "Children for Sale" docu; all total 20 minutes. I think they could have advertised the film quite differently, as they kept saying this was Ron's "breakout performance", but he had already had several performances much better than this. Chris Penn is credited on the case with his "final role" and it is too bad his 10 minutes on screen here could not have been better, but it was nice to see him these few years later.Read more ›
A majority of films concerning sex trafficking are documentaries that jump around from scene to scene- which is what makes this film so refreshing as it tells the story of one girl. You can't help but become immersed right from the start. The film shows us how the underage sex trade spans through all levels of society including the absolute corruption of police and government officials, the brothel owners use of drugs and other compliance techniques, and the hopelessness of the victims. I highly recommend watching this timely and relevant film.
For those who enjoy Holly I can recommend the Vietnamese movie "A Little Heart", also about a young girl sold to a brothel and "Children of the Dark"- a Japanese feature about pedophiles in Thailand and the murder of children to steal and sell their body parts to well moneyed westerners.
And, indeed, selling children into sexual slavery IS culturally acceptable in Cambodia, becoming almost a right-of-passage for some young girls---a way to help their impoverished family; to stave off hunger. They hold no malice toward those who have profited, only grief of separation. In essence, they have been groomed for this role.
Holly (Thuy Nguyen) meets such a fate, as a 12 year old Vietnamese girl, purchased, and smuggled, over the border into Cambodia. She is beautiful, bright and head-strong. But her free-will is quickly ruled into submission, when threatened that lack of compliance, will result in the purchase of her baby sister. She is willing to accept her plight, to protect her sibling. As a young, virginal girl, she sits in the brothel, while the Madame bides her time, waiting for the highest bidder---one who will pay well for bragging rights of being---the first.
Patrick (Ron Livingston), an American expatriate, has been residing in Cambodia, inking a living gambling and doing some courier work for Bangkok gangster, Freddie (Chris Penn). He is a self-loathing oaf, lacking ambition and comes across as emotionally sterile. His character deftly establishes him as the antihero figure.Read more ›
This movie tried to explain the problem as a cultural one. This area is poor and girls' families have sold their children for decades for survival. Girls have been brought up to understand the importance of sacrificing themselves for their families and that this gesture would ensure their next life was a good one. Holly envisions her next life as a princess to help her deal with her fate. These moments were poignant.
I recommend this film for the story that outshines everything else. It tells a compelling tale of one girl's plight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a very good learning movie on the reality on human trafficking and the reality for girls and boys from third world countries! Read morePublished 8 months ago by kristen
Was not what I expected. Storyline a bit weak and jumbled. NO CONCLUSION!!!! Left with several strings in the air.Published 9 months ago by Courtney brezinski
Disturbing story about child prostitution in Cambodia; The female lead, who plays Holly, the 12 year-old child sold by her family to pay for food, has a raw power in her acting. Read morePublished 19 months ago by RM
The actors were not to good of actors and the story didnt end to well. Low budget movie but was ok to watch.Published 20 months ago by Catang
The only reason that I ordered this movie was because my favorite actor Udo Kier was in it. The story is fair, but the acting was decent. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Laura Limon
I REALLY LIKED THIS MOVIE VERY MUCH. I THOUGHT IT WQAS INTERESTING TO KNOW THE GRITTINESS OF THE HUMAN TRAFFICING.Published on August 18, 2013 by Hogan_62
great movie besides the way it ends just leaves you wondering what is going to happen, I think the ending could have been much better, VERY SAD traffickingPublished on August 17, 2013 by Mary C. Calderon
Good movie that will keep your attention. The actors were totally believable and played their roles to perfection. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by D. Allen
Movie was good i mean it was a rentalable i guess that alll i can say is it actually works. btw i have a mac so yup it works :)Published on August 8, 2012 by Ines