The filmmaker attempts to prove that some 50% of women aged 18-30 in Riga, Latvia, are exploited in prostitution by tourists.




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Credited cast:
Andrejs ...
Diana ...
Assistant, 23 years old
Andris Grinbergs ...
Author, artist
Inta ...
Store clerk, 34 years old
Liene ...
Ozolz ...
Hip-hop artist and student
Rita ...
Hotel cleaner
Shelly ...
Striptease artist
Sintija ...
Factory seamstress
Ralf Vulis ...


This is a highly controversial documentary in which the filmmaker, Pål Hollender, interviews six prostitutes in Riga, Latvia, and at the end of the film pays three of the women $200 each and proceeds to have sexual intercourse with them - on camera! The purported purpose of this film is to show how women in former communist Europe are exploited in the sex industry by rich tourists. "Buy, Bye, Beauty" provoked massive protests in Latvia, and indeed the whole Baltic region, when it was first released in 2001. Written by Per Hedetun

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31 January 2001 (Sweden)  »

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SEK 60,000 (estimated)

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The project is funded entirely by the Swedish Film Institute with SEK 300,000: -. Pål Hollender and photographer Lo Pettesson were the only two that were included in the project. See more »

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Artistic documentary
23 April 2008 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

In all fairness it was a very long time since I saw this movie, but I'm trying to locate it now, because it made a very deep impact on me when it was aired on Swedish TV.

There seem to be some confusion about what this documentary is really about and not surprisingly the debate following the movies release was totally misdirected, and ended up being about weather the filmmaker was a perverted man or not, instead of dealing with the real issue.

This documentary deals with a very important issue: namely inequality and how rich countries exploit poor countries. It is however not, as the plotwriter formulated, a movie exclusively about sex tourism. What Hållender is out to prove is how Swedish companies forces women in the baltic into prostitution by moving their factories to these less wealthy countries and still not paying satisfactory wages. He illustrates this by having sex with the women he is interviewing at the end of the movie (who by the way are not prostitutes).

This is a very strong documentary and the rating here on IMDb only shows that most of the people who've watched it totally misunderstood it.

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