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A gratifying and sensitive movie,
This review is from: Princesa (DVD)
Princesa definitely shows the difference between the open sexual attitudes of Italian people and those of the more parochial and puritanical American people. Most Americans will hate this movie because it goes against the homo-erotic grain. There's a good reason why it was filmed with sub-titles: It would have bombed in an American release except in the most intellectual of audiences and it was only shown on the Sundance channel.
It's a fabulous weaving of character and explains the interconnection of a transgender's life. Even a gay or lesbian would fail to understand what it means to be transgender so don't even try; just watch and accept that this is what it is.
Whoever wrote this script definitely either knew a transgender person or was transgender because they hit the nail right on the head. The director must have also had someone who was transgender looking over his shoulder and suggesting nuance because the detail is astonishing.
It isn't a spectacular life being a hooker. I was a cabbie for a few years in Virginia and I hauled my fair share of transgender hookers to-and-from their nightly hot-spots. It offered me the opportunity to talk with them and ask all the right questions. Many of their "Johns" were Navy guys who hated gay men but wouldn't hesitate to bed a "chick with a d**k". Odd that heterosexuals would find such a distinction but they do.
The major difference between American guys and Gianni in the movie is that Americans can't get over their homophobia long enough to realize that they might love someone who was born with the same equipment.
In the end, though, Fernanda proves the more mature of the two of them. Feature that: A woman who out-matures a man. Hard to imagine, huh?
If you have the intellect and the patience for the subtitles, trust me and watch this movie. You won't regret it. It will be the best two hours you can spend and the best purchase you can make for a well-rounded international library!