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  • Actors: Candela Peña, Micaela Nevárez, Mariana Cordero, Llum Barrera, Violeta Pérez
  • Directors: Fernando León de Aranoa
  • Writers: Fernando León de Aranoa
  • Producers: Fernando León de Aranoa, Carlos de Muns, Jaume Roures, Javier Méndez, Patricia de Muns
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IFC
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000LXHFMW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • "The Making of Princesas"
  • Deleted scenes
  • Music video
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Director and screenwriter Fernando Le n de Aranoa takes to the streets of Spain for this drama which focuses on the lives and aspirations of a group of prostitutes.System Requirements:Run Time: 114 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: LATIN/DRAMA Rating: NR UPC: 796019798723 Manufacturer No: 79872

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This movie is great, and is now in my library as one of my favorites.
Jana
La historia revuelve alrededor de una amistad en una vida de prostitución. No quiero decir mucho de la trama, ¡está muy buena!
Brenda Trinidad
Perhaps neither of them was ever given a chance in life, nor, the opportunity to realize their potential in other fields in the world.
D. Pawl

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on April 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Two young prostitutes have a chance encounter in the streets of Spain. The sensitive and intense Caye (Candela Peña) finds Zule (Michaela Nevárez), an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, in the process of stealing her customer for less money. The newly arrived Dominican streetwalkers are already a bone of contention for their Spanish counterparts, as competition, as well as the racist stigma associated with their darker-skinned competition. Yet, Caye and Zule form an unlikely bond when the young Dominican woman is beaten and must be taken to the hospital. Caye stands by her, in the face of her colleague's pain, not only as a victim of repeated domestic violence, but, as an illegal immigrant. The trick responsible for leaving her bruised and battered is doing a sick trade with Zule, in order for her to obtain residency papers to legally stay and work in Spain. Ultimately, her hope is to bring her young son to live with her there. Meanwhile, Caye has her own set of problems. Her mother (with whom she lives) refuses to accept that her husband died some three years before, sends flowers and notes to herself and claims they came from her deceased spouse. The family must play along with the charade to appease to her mother's delusion.

PRINCESAS was beautifully written and directed by Fernando Leon de Aranda, and has a gorgeous soundtrack written by the great Manu Chao and Alfonso de Vilallonga. Shot with a handheld camera, we really get a sense of the urgency and desperation that these two women face, along with their counterparts. Though, they are part of the oldest profession (prostitution), this is almost an incidental part of the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tremoglie Giuliano on April 18, 2008
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I say every time when I see a spanish film, this country is full of great actors and great directors, I like this film because is "real" is talk about the life of the women who work on the road, this is a real story, is one of the best spanish film for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd Mason on October 28, 2007
Format: DVD
A not too sentimental look at the lives of prostitutes, both domestic and illegally emigrated, in Spain, this film shows the influence of both Almodovar and the NeoRealists, while differing from and building on both...nothing here is as near-fantasticated as Almodovar's preferred mode, for example. One sort of pun I liked, which might get past non-Hispanophone viewers, is that the protagonist's "street" name is Caye, which is a homophone, or near enough, for "calle" or "street" in most Spanish-language accents. Sobering more than depressing, with a talented and striking cast, and a well-wrought character study as well as social critique.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Beowulf on October 23, 2007
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This movie was really shocking to me. Basically it is the tale of two working girls in Spain. You live the world of being a hooker through the eyes of the Spanish girl who befriends another girl from the Dominican Republic who is living in Spain illegally to support her son back in the DR. I won't reveal the story but it is in many ways a very realistic, but tragic look into the lives of women who support themselves through sexual acts with men.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By █ R I Z Z O VINE VOICE on January 8, 2010
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This isn't merely an inside look at prostitution, it is more on the development of a friendship between two women. In the streets of Madred, Caye is disturbed by the influx of competing prostitutes from other countries, and she meets a rival prostitute, Zulema, from Dominican Republic. We soon learn that Zulema sends money home to her mother and son, while Caye makes frequent visits to her delusional mother who doesn't believe her husband is dead, and the co-dependent family members. Almost all Caye's family scenes are at the dinner table and they don't lend much to the film except that the prostitute is more on the normal side, she visits her family.

What you see next is the bond the two have, Caye protecting the other to get back home to her son, and yet, Caye has her own dreams, something simple liked being picked up (taken home) after work by a loved one.

At two hours, the film dragged on quite a bit. And, taking a look at the cover of the DVD, you may get the wrong impression of the film. It isn't about the beauty and exhilarating life the picture projects. But yet, it is a not too surprising or shocking look into the prostitute, weird johns, competition, and a dream to take one away from the wretched life. There is brief frontal nudity, and nothing to bizarre or explicit about the lifestyle moments.

Princesas was made in 2005 by Fernando Leon de Aranoa, and for if you like this work, try his 2002 Mondays in the Sun with Javier Bardem about the onset of unemployment amongst dockworkers. Another de Aranoa film I intend to see is Barrio..... Rizzo
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Acosta on September 22, 2006
Format: DVD
Well i went to see this movie in a local theater in Puerto Rico since one of the actresses is from P.R.,the movie is very deep and makes you think how lucky you are as a female,sometimes little details is what really count to make somebody's day.Princesas is a good title 'cause that's the way a woman feel when they are treated with dignity and respect.Great,great movie,every penny worth it.!! go see it or buy it,can't wait to be on sale on the U.S. region!!
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