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Princesa (2001)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 1 June 2001 (Italy)
Fernando, a.k.a. Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transgender woman, travels to Milan and becomes a prostitute to finance sex-change surgery. Fernanda dreams of becoming a "real" woman, ... See full summary »

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Ingrid de Souza ...
Fernanda
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Gianni
Lulu Pecorari ...
Karin
Mauro Pirovano ...
Fabrizio
Biba Lerhue ...
Charlo
Sonia Morgan ...
Fofao
Alessandra Acciai ...
Livia
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Roberta Nanni ...
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Fernando, a.k.a. Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transgender woman, travels to Milan and becomes a prostitute to finance sex-change surgery. Fernanda dreams of becoming a "real" woman, but in Milan is instead transformed into Princesa, a mysterious figure of allure. When she meets Gianni, a straight-laced, married businessman who falls in love with her. It all seems too good to be true...and it is. Written by Anonymous / edited by TrivWhiz

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$3,318 (USA) (7 December 2001)

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$19,040 (USA) (25 January 2002)
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Powerful and Emotional
11 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Princesa" can be a tough film to watch. It is a film about a "travesti" from Brazil who becomes a prostitute in Italy in order to pay for her surgery.

But the path she treads isn't an easy one. As you watch this film, you have to wonder if this is the same kind of thing that happens to most of the people in her same situation. Is this the tough reality they must face? A lot of the most powerful scenes are built around exactly that kind of thing and it often feels as if the film slows down at these moments just so the viewer can take it all in with a bit of extra time to think about it all.

This film is definitely not for everyone. While it is a good film to try and understand the kind of trials transgender people have to face to get what they want, a way to be accepted by society through a sex change surgery, there are many scenes that depict what some would consider graphic interpretations of prostitution. Other than that, I highly recommend this film, as it gives us a view of one of the most underrepresented demographics in all of cinema.


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