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The Life (aka "Whore") 2004 R CC

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(49) IMDb 4.4/10

A graduate student (Denise Richards) in need of money is coaxed by her prostitute neighbor (Daryl Hannah) to enter the world's oldest profession. Based on a best selling novel, their story is interwoven with stunning interviews with working prostitutes.

Starring:
Daryl Hannah, Denise Richards
Runtime:
1 hour, 17 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director María Lidón
Starring Daryl Hannah, Denise Richards
Supporting actors Joaquim de Almeida, María Jiménez, Africa, Brittany Andrews, Eve Angel, Anais Aphrodite, Daniel Aser, Zsuzsanna Bachmann, Elizabeth Bas, Cristina Bella, Giancarlo Bini, Mabel Carrión, Charlotte, Allysin Chaynes, Christoph Clark, Jessica Coronil, Lorenzo Corrochano, Jimmy Córdoba
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on February 12, 2005
Format: DVD
This film looks like a botched rough cut. Given the material they had, what might have emerged from this footage is probably an unflinching documentary which examines "the life" in prostitution. Instead, what we have is about one short film's worth of fictitious narrative-film footage, shot with big-name actors and proper production values, intercut with narratively befuddled interviews that don't build towards anything, and some of the worst "special effects" I've ever seen on a commercially available DVD product.

Director Luna (Maria Lidon)'s "post-modern techniques" are the main thing that screwed this film up. The film is so busy throwing transitions, still photographs and random imagery at you that it forgets to draw you in. Editing decisions appear to have been made based on what might look cool visually instead of what's engaging dramatically. And Lord knows why Daryl Hannah (who made a blazing comeback in the Kill Bill films), the terrific Joaquim de Almeida, and mainstream star Denise Richards agreed to be in this crap -- it looks like the producers ran out of money a quarter of the way through production and tried to patch it up with "verite" documentary footage shot on the cheap and bad, low-grade stills and videography effects.

Most grievously, the narrative footage and the documentary footage don't connect. The only way this intercutting style could work is if the two halves are relatively balanced in proportion (think of the voice-over segments and the story segments in the first two thirds of Memento), and if each half is directly relevant to the other. But the documentary segments in The Life are narratively aimless, and fail to really establish the characters of the prostitutes, gigolos and madams who populate them.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Yasmin Element on August 1, 2005
Format: DVD
I have been a sex worker for ten years and much like Denie Richards character in the film, I started working and took on "The Life" as a way to pay my way through my education.

I now have a degree in journalism and have published many stories on the topic of sex work.

Although I don't think that "The Life", or "Puta" as it was originally called in Spain, works very well as a film - i can honestly say that it is a realistic representation of the many facets of the sex industry. Although the overall feel of the film seems nostalgically warm towards the industry, it shows both the good, the bad and the ugly sides of this generally misunderstood career choice.

If you are hoping for a sexy movie starring hollywood starlets Denise Richards and Daryl Hannah - don't bother with this title.

However, if you are interested in the mysterious world of the oldest profession - perhaps you are thinking about a career change or maybe like the main character in the movie, you are simply studying the sex trade at college - i think you will enjoy this film and find it honest and insightful.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By RKL on February 16, 2005
Format: DVD
Deceptive package. The amount of time spent by the two female leads onscreen is basically an afterthought. Way too much time is spent interviewing real hookers/pimps/gigilos. Can you say boring?! There are also issues with the captioning/subtitles way out of sync with the film. Low tech 2ch sound, grainy picture. It is worth watching to see Denise Richards get 'doggied', although way too briefly. For rental only by hard core fans of Richards and Hannah.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Kilkenny on February 9, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I only gave this movie 1 star becasue I wasn't able to give it zero (0) stars. Fans of Denise Richards and/or Darryl Hannah will be disappointed. Reading the plot you think it's a twist on Wild Things. Basically it's a documentary talking to prostitutes. Richards and Hanna are in the movie for about 5 minutes total screen time. Pick yourself something else to watch.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on October 8, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Persons looking for gratuitous titillation from bombshells Denise Richards or Daryl Hannah will be disappointed. Those looking for a story line will similarly be disappointed. In fact, anyone seeking any entertainment at all will not find much of worth in here. All is not lost, though. Persons looking for short interviews from people in the sex industry might find something of interest.

Ostensibly, this is the story of two women. Denise Richards plays a doctoral student who trying to get through school. Daryl Hannah plays an older woman in her apartment building with no visible means of support. When Richards has a hard time making her rent payments, she asks Hannah how she pays the bills. Her answer is simple. She's a hooker and she offers to help Richards into the business. She does with mixed results. That's virtually the entire story line but I would be surprised if it is even a quarter of the film.

Most of the film is taken up with short interviews of people in the sex business. Some are truck stop hookers; some are high priced call girls. Some are pimps and madams. Some are customers. Few of them speak English and the interviews are subtitled. There seems to be some unity of theme with the interviews. Similar questions are asked of various people within the same segment. These segments have nothing to do with the story line. They are merely interspersed throughout.

Its all kind of sad. One gets the impression that a truly fascinating documentary could have been made. One also suspects that a really fine movie could have been made. This is neither.
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