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Whores' Glory (2011)

Michael Glawogger , Michael Glawogger  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Glawogger
  • Directors: Michael Glawogger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • 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: Kino Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009NI2XKK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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WHORES' GLORY, the third film in Michael Glawogger's globalization trilogy (following MEGACITIES and WORKINGMAN'S DEATH), is an explicit and unflinching expose of global prostitution. In Bangkok, Thailand, women punch a clock and wait for clients in a brightly lit glass box; in the red-light district of Faridpur, Bangladesh, a madam haggles over the price of a teenage girl; and in the border town of Reynosa, Mexico, crack-addicted women pray to a deity named Lady Death. Winner of the Orizzonti Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, Glawogger's latest larger-than-life documentary is an audacious, non-judgmental study of sexuality, politics, human behavior and the effects of capital and religion on both women and men from starkly different cultures.


A bracing, at times horrifyingly intimate documentary. --Time Out London

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I used to watch those NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC nature documentaries on television and, as much as any aspect, admired them for what must be the incredible amount of patience it takes to film animals and insects. For the 2011 documentary WHORES' GLORY, the logistics that went into the depiction of brothels in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico must have required remarkable perseverance, too. Prostitutes, madams, pimps, and clients do not keep their backs to the camera, nor is anyone's face blurred.

So, what makes a brothel? While the cultures of those three countries differ, to me the answer is poverty. In this world you're among the few who don't have to compromise to survive or the many that do. WHORES' GLORY does not judge its subjects, instead presenting them doing what they can to stay alive and, if anything, telling the viewer we should show those women the respect they deserve.

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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cinematic Triptych on Prostitution January 11, 2013
The Austrian film director Michael Glawogger aptly describes his documentary "Whores' Glory" with the words in the title of this review. The film is the third in a series of documentaries, together with "Workingman's Death" and "Megacities" that Glawogger calls his "globalization trilogy", but knowledge of the earlier two films is unnecessary for the appreciation of this third documentary. The film offers a raw, intimate look at a profession that is both ancient and universal. Glawogger tries to approach prostitutes and their clients in a nonjudgmental, nonsentimenalized way as if the subject were being approached for the first time.

The film is a "triptych" because it examines prostitution in three diferent countries, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico, each of which has its own political structure, economics, language, and dominant religion. The movie suggests that prostitution is closely tied to the mores of the country in which it occurs while it still fulfuills what appears to be a universal human need, both for the women and for their clients. The word "triptich" also has a religious connotation for Glawogger as he tries to treat his subjects with respect. In a similar way, the title "Whores' Glory" can be taken ironically. But Glawogger also wants to take "glory" seriously as "a gesture of respect for the working girls of the world." The women in the film struggle to maintain a degree of distance, independence, and self-respect.

The film does not use professional actors. Glawogger worked painstakingly in his three locations to get the consent of the women and their clients to appear in the film. The scenes are as candid as can be expected under the circumstances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The nearest thing to perfect film making . . . October 11, 2012
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This film is documentary film making at its best. I don't think it's possible to overrate this film. Just setting aside the content/narrative (which is intense, complex, beautifully and patiently told), the sheer beauty of the lighting will knock your socks off. I don't know how this film COULD have been made, let alone HOW it was made. This film also heavily blurs the line between candid moments and staged moments, the real and the fictitious, which is consistent with the content behind and within sex as a commodity, and in my view, an essential element in documentary film making. Just phenomenal.
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By Paul H
A very important film that demonstrates without a doubt that prostitution is not a victim-less crime and has its roots in the most desperate poverty. It is a rare glimpse into a world that doesn't value women or see them as fully human. This is oppression of another person at its worst.

To watch these male customers treat mostly young women as slaves, as sub-humans makes me wonder how these women manage to avoid developing a deep dislike for men in general.

I would highly recommend this movie as a wake-up call for men and women.
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