Princesas Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa made a tiny splash in 2002, when his Javier Bardem drama Mondays in the Sun beat out Pedro Almodóvar's… Princesas Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa made a tiny splash in 2002, when his Javier Bardem drama Mondays in the Sun beat out Pedro Almodóvar's… 2006-08-23 Unrated PT114M Drama Micaela Nevarez Candela Pena Maria Elena Cordero IFC Films
Movie Review

Princesas (2006)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
NOT HOOKER HEAVEN Micaela Nevárez is one of the problematic prostitutes at the center of Princesas
Image credit: Princesas: Teresa Isasi
NOT HOOKER HEAVEN Micaela Nevárez is one of the problematic prostitutes at the center of Princesas
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Aug 23, 2006; Rated: Unrated; Length: 114 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Micaela Nevarez and Candela Pena; Distributor: IFC Films

Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa made a tiny splash in 2002, when his Javier Bardem drama Mondays in the Sun beat out Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her as Spain's official entry for the Oscars. He returns with Princesas, an ambling tale of two Madrid hookers-with-hearts-of-gold (one wants implants, the other misses her kid). The way that Aranoa so clearly venerates his lively women feels Almodóvar-esque, but the movie aims most of all to suggest that hookerdom is hell — and it's neither realistic nor unsentimental enough to pull that off.

Originally posted Aug 23, 2006 Published in issue #894 Sep 01, 2006 Order article reprints
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